Two VBCPS elementary teachers selected as finalists for 2018 PAEMST

Allison Crisher, fourth-grade teacher at Luxford Elementary School, and Melissa Follin, third-grade teacher at Old Donation School, are two mathematics finalists in Virginia for the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST program was established in 1983 by Congress and is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

According to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the award is regarded as the nation’s top honor for mathematics and science teachers and recognizes teachers who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs that improve student learning. PAEMST awardees serve as models for their colleagues and are leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education.

Crisher and Follin were selected as finalists by a VDOE selection committee that evaluated the applications of nominated elementary math and science teachers in Virginia. As state-level finalists, their applications will be forwarded to the national selection committee for consideration. The national selection committee may select up to one state-level awardee in mathematics and one in science from each state or jurisdiction, and the White House will announce the results of the national selection process next year. If selected teachers receive a $10,000 personal award and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for related recognition events.

In the meantime, Crisher and Follin will be recognized by the Virginia Board of Education at one of its future monthly meetings in Richmond, and they will be invited to the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Awards Recognition in March 2019.

For more information about the PAEMST program, visit

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One thought on “Two VBCPS elementary teachers selected as finalists for 2018 PAEMST

  1. Congratulations ladies! Melissa, I am excited for all that you have accomplished this year! You are a gem.

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