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                                                                                         June 28, 2011



Presidential Award finalists named for Texas 


AUSTIN - Six Texas teachers have been named finalists for the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. The 2011 PAEMST program recognizes seventh through twelfth-grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom.

The Texas finalists in secondary mathematics are Cynthia Knowles of the Aldine Independent School District (ISD), Dixie Ross of Pflugerville ISD, and Jill Stevens of Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD.

  • Cynthia Knowles is a Pre-AP Geometry teacher at Eisenhower Senior High School in Aldine ISD and has 14 years of teaching experience. Her principal is Benjamin Ibarra and her superintendent is Wanda Bamberg.
  • Dixie Ross is an AP Calculus teacher at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville ISD and has 27 years of teaching experience. Her principal is Kirk Wrinkle and her superintendent is Charles Dupre. 
  • Jill Stevens is a high school mathematics teacher who teaches AP Calculus, International Baccalaureate courses, and Algebra II at Trinity High School in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD and has 35 years of teaching experience. Her principal is Mike Harris and her superintendent is Gene Buinger.

The Texas finalists in secondary science are Gianluca Corsi from Birdville ISD, Joy Killough from Round Rock ISD, and Mary Tykoski from Wylie ISD. 

  • Gianluca Corsi is an Environmental Science teacher at Haltom High School in Birdville ISD, He has 19 years of teaching experience. His principal is Mike Jasso and his superintendent is Jay Thompson.
  • Joy Killough is a Biology teacher at Westwood High School in Round Rock ISD and  has 31 years of teaching experience. Her principal is Rebecca Donald and her superintendent is Jesus Chavez.
  • Mary Tykoski is an 8th grade science teacher at Cooper Junior High School in Wylie ISD and has 16 years of teaching experience. Her principal is Tami Nauyokas and her superintendent is John Fuller.

PAEMST is the highest recognition that a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher first must be nominated for the award. A state panel of master teachers, specialists and administrators reviews the applications and chooses the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for state finalist status.  These state finalists will be recognized by the State Board of Education.

After the initial selection process at the state level, a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators may select one mathematics and one science teacher from each state and U.S. jurisdiction for the national award. National winners receive $10,000, an all expense paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a citation signed by the President of the United States.

Next year, outstanding mathematics and science educators teaching in Kindergarten through grade 6 with five years or more of teaching experience are eligible. For more information, please visit http://www.paemst.org.


Texas Education Agency Contacts: Kenn Heydrick and Lindsey Perry (512) 463-9581 


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