Christi Snow Schrauger, a first grade mathematics teacher at Harp Elementary School in Springdale, was recently selected as the Arkansas State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
Schrauger, a teacher in the Springdale system for 7 years, is now eligible to receive a PAEMST award, the nation’s highest honor for U.S. mathematics and science teachers for grades K–12. The awards program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of The White House.
PAEMST awardees have been shown to devote more time to professional development, incorporate innovative approaches into their classroom teaching, and be more likely to use computers and other technologies in their classrooms.
Schrauger is one of three State Finalists—one mathematics and two science teachers—chosen from 42 State applicants. She will receive state level recognition at the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics luncheon hosted during the Arkansas Curriculum Conference November 8 and 9.
Each year, a national committee of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators recommends up to 108 teachers to receive PAEMST awards—up to two teachers –mathematics or science– from each State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories as a group, and the schools operated in the United States and overseas by the Department of Defense Education Activity. Teachers who are selected as PAEMST awardees receive a $10,000 award, a Presidential citation and a trip to Washington, DC, for a series of recognition events, professional development activities and an awards ceremony.