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Maryland Teacher Receives Presidential Excellence Award

Hagerstown, MD - October 18, 2019 - Raymond Weber, an educator at Salem Avenue Elementary School, earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government specifically for K–12 mathematics and science teaching.

Weber has been an educator for ten years, spending his career teaching fifth grade at Salem Avenue Elementary School and serving as a team leader for five years. He ensures all mathematical concepts are presented in a meaningful context. He holds students to high standards and creates a classroom where mistakes are valued, struggle is productive, and students feel comfortable taking risks. As a team leader, he develops, implements, and assesses district instructional programs.

Developing a love for learning and creating a passion for innovation in his students has led Weber’s Destination Imagination team to four state titles and top performances at the international level. As a coach, Weber helps students apply 21st-century skills to problem-solving challenges.
 

On his 24-mathematics team, he supports students in sharpening skills like computation, number sense, and pattern sensing. His team consistently excels at the competition by placing in the finals.

Weber led professional development and mentoring sessions for staff at Salem Avenue and has participated in the Environmental and Mathematic Academies at Shepherd University, Hagerstown Community College, and Claude E. Kitchens Outdoor School.

“The prestigious Presidential Award is a tremendous honor that I attribute to the incredible colleagues and students that inspire me and teach me each day,” stated Weber. “I entered education to make a positive impact on students’ lives and help them recognize their potential, and this award further ignites my passion for teaching and creating a love for learning.”

Established by Congress in 1983, this program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year. Awardees come from schools in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, and schools in the United States territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. Nominations and awards are facilitated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation.

Since the program’s inception, more than 5,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Presidential award for K-12 teachers
PAEMST is the highest award given by the U.S. Government to kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science. A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists, and educators at the State and national levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to OSTP. Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

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