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Joliet Central’s Melissa Magnuson Selected as State-Level Finalist for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Joliet Central High School teacher Melissa Magnuson was just announced as a state-level finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). 

Only three math and three science finalists were forwarded on for consideration at the national level. The National Selection Committee, composed of K-12 teachers, administrators, university professors and STEM education researcher, will meet to select the national PAEMST awardees.  Presidential Awardees will be notified by the White House and honored in Washington D.C.; will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation; and join a cadre of award-winning teachers who can impact STEM education in our State and nationally.

“I am shocked and humbled to be selected as a finalist for the PAEMST award,” said Mrs. Magnuson.  “I am lucky to work with such amazing students and colleagues who continue to inspire me and push me to improve on a daily basis.”

Illinois Math and Science Coordinators Dr. Edna Bazik and Dr. Tara Bell pointed out the prestige in this honor, noting that state-level finalists are recognized for “truly outstanding teaching and leadership in STEM.”

As a state-level finalist, Mrs. Magnuson will be honored at state ceremonies this year.

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