The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. The Awards were established by Congress in 1983. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.
A graduate of the UW Platteville agricultural education program, Howe went on to attain her master’s degree from UW River Falls. She came to Lodi 12 years ago from Janesville Craig, and is now active as a sixth-grade team leader, District Science Department chair, and STEM Fair chair.
In her acceptance, Howe stated,
It’s a true honor for not only myself but my family and colleagues that have supported me. Receiving this award inspires me to continue my passion and dedication in promoting science and STEM education in my school, community, and state. I look forward to the collaboration and work with other Presidential Award winners to improve my teaching and student learning.
STEM is the collective term for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math courses. This is considered to be the best path for getting into high-paying, high-tech jobs in the evolving economy.
Recipients of the award receive the following:
- A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
- A paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
- A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
- An opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.
Howe is currently in D.C. for the awards ceremony.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.