Six Mississippi teachers have been named 2021 state-level finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST Program is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science).
The winners include DeSoto Central High School instructor Ashley Webb.
Mississippi’s 2021 PAEMST state-level finalists:
Dr. Trisha Gilbreath Grade 10-12 Mathematics teacher Northwest Rankin High School, Rankin County School District
Jaqueline Lewis Grade 9 Mathematics teacher; Grade 11-12 Computer Science teacher Enterprise High School, Enterprise School District
Treasure Lynch Grade 10 Mathematics teacher Gulfport High School, Gulfport School District
Kenneth Peagler High School Science teacher Brandon High School, Rankin County School District
Christina (Tina) Walters Grade 10-12 Science teacher South Jones High School, Jones County School District
Ashley Elizabeth Webb Grade 10-12 Science teacher DeSoto Central High School, DeSoto County Schools
Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
“Mississippi’s PAEMST state-level finalists are committed to excellence and are leaders among their colleagues,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “I congratulate them as they vie for the highest honor in their profession.” .
Ashley Elizabeth Webb, who teachesPhysics, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2 and PSAT, said, “All students deserve a welcoming, engaging, and challenging classroom culture that fits both their emotional and academic needs.”
The PAEMST program, established in 1983 by the White House, allows each state to select up to three state finalists in mathematics and up to three state finalists in science. One of the state finalists in each content area may be selected as the Presidential Awardee for the state, which is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.
The Mississippi State Board of Education will recognize Mississippi’s 2021 PAEMST finalists later this year. National winners are announced approximately a year after state-level finalists are identified.