Teachers from Fernley and Henderson Win Highest Math and Science Award

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - August 28, 2016

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has announced that Arvella Jergessen from Fernley and Kathleen Schaeffer from Henderson have each been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for 2014.

“The state of Nevada is incredibly proud of the impact Arvella and Kathleen are making for both our students and the future of science and mathematics education nationwide,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Nevada Superintendent of Public Education. “In addition to receiving an honor from the National Science Foundation, the highest authority on science in our nation, this award comes with a $10,000 award and a certificate signed by President Obama.”

Jergessen and Schaeffer will join other awardees in Washington, D.C. for a series of events in their honor, including professional development opportunities, discussions with policy-makers on how to improve mathematics and science education, and an awards ceremony.

The Nevada Department of Education also announced that Stephanie Vega, a sixth grade teacher from Lincoln Park Elementary school in Sparks and Shayla Taylor a first grade teacher from Alice Maxwell Elementary in Sparks have been selected as the Nevada State Mathematics finalists for PAEMST for 2016.