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MPS teacher Leif Carlson receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The Minneapolis School District staff, teachers and students congratulate Leif Carlson, a mathematics and science teacher at Jefferson Community School, who was recently selected to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).  The PAEMST program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.

Carlson will receive a citation signed by President Obama and a $10,000 award from NSF. He, along with all awardees, will travel to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony at a later date.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Teachers like Mr.  Carlson serve as leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education and an inspiration to students and colleagues.

Since 1983, more than 4,300 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. For information about this year’s Presidential awardees or information about the annual nomination and application process, please visit http://www.paemst.org