Each year teachers are nominated from across the state and country to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST is the highest recognition given to up to 108 exemplary K-12 educators in the United States in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science. This year, we are proud to share that Aimee Park, Lisle Junior High School Science teacher, was one of three Illinois Science teachers selected by the State committee to be a finalist for this prestigious award.
Mrs. Park has taught Science at Lisle Junior High School for 17 years. She is the embodiment of the award's mission to recognize "teachers [that] have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas." "I am so happy for Aimee," said LJHS Principal Mr. Dave Kearney, "Her dedication to her students is an inspiration to all of us. Aimee's work throughout the state of Illinois transforming Science Education makes her such a deserving recipient of this honor. We are very proud of her."
According to PAEMST, "Teachers [are] recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation's teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement." Awardees will be determined in early 2019 and will be awarded with a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
Superintendent Dr. Keith Filipiak said, "Aimee is passionate about both teaching and Science and her enthusiasm is contagious from the moment you step into her classroom. We are very proud of Aimee's accomplishment and are fortunate to have her share her talents with the students of Lisle District 202."