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McLean Magnet Elementary science teacher wins presidential award

McLean Magnet Elementary science teacher wins Presidential Award

McLean Magnet Elementary science teacher Zerrin OelzeZerrin Oelze, a science teacher at McLean Science and Technology Magnet Elementary School, has received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The awards honor the dedication, hard work, and important role that America’s teachers and mentors play in supporting learners who will be future STEM professionals, including climate scientists, mathematicians, innovators, space explorers, and engineers.

Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers can receive from the U.S. government.

Nominees complete a rigorous application process that allows them to demonstrate deep content knowledge and their ability to adapt to a broad range of learners and teaching environments.

A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists and educators at the state and national levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving STEM education.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award. I am grateful to USD 259 and the amazing staff and students I work with that make each day a joy!,” said Oelze.

Click here to watch a video of Oelze being surprised in her classroom by district leadership.