Teacher Earns State Honor
Mrs. Hirschbuehler nominated for Presidential Award
Posted on 08/24/2018
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Melissa Hirschbuehler, who teaches fifth grade at Progress South Elementary School in the Fort Zumwalt School District, has been selected as a Finalist for the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher can receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. The awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. They recognize teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that enhances student learning. Hirschbuehler is joined by Wentzville School District’s Terri Politte as the Missouri finalists.

Hirschbuehler Yearbook PhotoThe White House will announce the winners next year. Those selected for this Presidential honor will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, educational events, and visits with members of Congress and the Administration. The PAEMST award was established by Congress in 1983, and the program authorizes the President of the United States to bestow up to 108 awards each year. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.