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Katie Thompson Chosen As State Finalist For Presidential Teaching Award

A A S T teacher, Katie Thompson with State Superintendent of Education, Molly SpearmanKatie Thompson, Aerospace Engineering Major Teacher, and Math Teacher at the Academy of the Arts, Science, and Technology (AAST), was one of five South Carolina educators recognized by the South Carolina Department of Education as a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science teachers.

The South Carolina Department of Education recruits and selects nominees for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. Each applicant must demonstrate a mastery of math or science (including computer science), use appropriate instructional methods and strategies, and demonstrate leadership in education inside and outside the classroom. State finalists were selected by a review panel of their peers who reviewed each candidate's content knowledge, effectiveness, achievement results, and professional involvement. 

Katie Thompson,  AAST Aerospace Engineering Major Teacher and Math TeacherThe next step for the finalists will be for a national committee of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators to review their applications. The national panel will recommend up to 108 teachers to receive PAEMST awards – up to two state finalists – mathematics or science – from each state. Teachers selected as PAEMST awardees receive a $10,000 award, a Presidential certificate, and a trip to Washington, DC, for a series of recognition events, activities, and ceremonies.

Photograph above right: Katie Thompson, AAST Aerospace Engineering Major and Math Teacher with State Superintendent of Education, Molly Spearman