The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level.
Winners receive a $10,000 honorarium from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.
President Obama said this in his announcement:
These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science. Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technology, engineering, and math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow.
We do know how to pick our own award-winners. Kathleen Dwyer was the recipient of our Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher honor in 2011. It just took a while for the President to get on board. If you know Kathleen Dwyer, give her a hearty “well done.”
There is more information about the award and this year’s awardees at the Presidential Awards for Excellence website.