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Updated 03/12/2022 

2022 PAEMST Mathematics Finalists

Chelsey Coverdale, a mathematics teacher from Harrisburg, SD has been teaching for 9 years. She is a 6th grade mathematics teacher at Harrisburg North Middle School. Chelsey graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelorís degree in Elementary Education in 2012 and earned her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Morningside College 2018. Chelsey is a National Board Certified Teacher, an Apple certified teacher, and has participated in the South Dakota Department of Education SDMath/SDSci Leadership program.

Jodi Neugebauer, a mathematics teacher from Garretson, SD, has been teaching for 13 years. She is a 2nd grade teacher at Garretson Elementary. Jodi graduated from Dakota State University with a Bachelorís degree in Elementary Education/Special Education in 2008. Jodi is a National Board Certified Teacher and has participated in South Dakota Department of Education professional development programs such as the SDMath/SDSci Leadership program and as a facilitator/leader in Foundational Math Teacher and Math Circles workshops.

Rebecca Van Roekel, a mathematics teacher from Brandon, SD, has been teaching for 17 years. She is a 6th grade mathematics teacher at Brandon Valley Intermediate School. Rebecca graduated from Northwestern College with a Bachelorís degree in Elementary Education 2005 and earned her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics from Black Hills State University in 2009. Rebecca has been a SD Counts Teacher Leader and currently serves as a Formative Assessment PLC Team Leader in her school.

2022 PAEMST Science Finalists

Brianna Schmidt, a science teacher from Spearfish, SD, has been teaching for 8 years. She is a 2nd grade teacher at West Elementary in Spearfish. Brianna received her degree in Elementary and Special Education from Black Hills State University in 2014. In her building she a leader in standards innovation, instructional design, is on the science curriculum team, and is a STEAM Club Educator. She is a member of the South Dakota Science Alliance and received a Master Teacher Policy Fellowship with the American Association of Physics Teachers and American Institute of Physics.

Tiffany Wolla, a science teacher from Rapid City, SD, has been teaching for 9 years. She is a 6th grade science teacher at East Middle School in Rapid City. Tiffany graduated from Black Hills State University in 2013 with a degree in Elementary Education and a Middle School minor. She is an active member of the East Middle School Building Leadership Team and had a leadership role in developing the districtís 6th grade science pacing guide. At the state level Tiffany worked on the SD state science test review in 2017.

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Presidential awardees receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington DC to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Anyone--principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public--may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. For more information, please visit www.paemst.org. The nomination window will be open this Fall to recognize 7th Ė 12th grade mathematics and science teachers. Nominate a deserving teacher who exhibits a passion for the subject they teach; who approaches their work with creativity and imagination; and who strives daily to improve their individual teaching practice.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Allen Hogie Jennifer Fowler

SD PAEMST Mathematics Coordinator SD PAEMST Science Coordinator Allen.Hogie@k12.sd.us DrRangerJen@gmail.com

605.553.8095 605.431.5438

 

2020 Presidential Award Recipients Announced!

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Darcy Vincent has been an educator for 13 years. She has spent the last six years teaching fifth grade mathematics at Camelot Intermediate School. She previously taught at Arlington Elementary School for seven years.

As a customized learning facilitator, Darcy works to meet the individual needs of her learners in mathematics. She facilitates approximately 120 learners in standards across multiple grade levels. Her knowledge of content and standards helps her meet them at their level. She develops skill-based playlists which provide for hands-on activities, group and independent work and offer voice and choice opportunities across various learning styles. Darcy facilitates learners to work at their own pace and take ownership to meet their learning outcomes.

Darcyís passion for mathematics is evident in her leadership among colleagues. She previously worked as a South Dakota Counts teacher leader during her time at Arlington Elementary. She spent time in a cohort earning her masterís degree while leading her colleagues in implementing the Investigations mathematics curriculum. Darcy assisted in coordinating mathematics nights and informational meetings on implementing the common Core State Standards. She currently serves as a Professional Learning Community mathematics leader as well as a Curriculum Committee representative. The past year, she worked with colleagues in the district to choose a new mathematics curriculum. Darcy currently serves as a member of the South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Darcy earned a B.S. From Dakota State University and received her M.S. in curriculum and instruction from Black Hills State University. She is certified in elementary education, career and technical education, and middle level education.

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Merideth Wald has been a mathematics teacher in an elementary classroom for nine years. She has spent those nine years teaching kindergarten, first grade, and currently a kindergarten and first grade combination classroom. All nine years have been at Black Hawk Elementary School, which is part of the Rapid City Area School District.

She strives to create an environment that is developmentally appropriate for young mathematicians. She promotes problem solving and discourse to support student success. She believes that every student has the ability to achieve at high levels and she also understands that each student does so at their own pace. Her classroom is an environment that meets each student exactly where they are in their own learning progression.

Marideth continues to find ways to support student success both in and out of the classroom. She has served in several ways at the building, district, and state levels. She is currently part of the district Math Leadership Team and the building Leadership Teams. She has also been part of the South Dakota Math Standards Revision Team, the SDMath/SDSci Leadership program, and also served on teams to adopt curriculum and create professional development.

Merideth holds a B.S. in elementary education from Black Hills State University, an M.S. in early childhood education from Capella University, and an Ed.S in curriculum and instruction for Capella University. She is currently a certified elementary teacher.

 

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

2021 South Dakota State-Level Finalists (mathematics & science)

Mathematics Finalistsí Biographies

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Description automatically generated with low confidenceBrittany Green, a mathematics teacher from Brandon, SD has been teaching for 11 years. She currently teaches Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 at Brandon Valley High  School.  Brittany graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a Specialization in Education in 2009.

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Description automatically generatedMark Kreie, a mathematics teacher at Brookings High School in Brookings, SD, has been teaching for 19 years. He currently teaches Geometry and Advance Algebra 2. Mark graduated from the University of Minnesota Ė Morris with a Bachelorís degree in Mathematics in 2002. Since then, he has earned his Masterís degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Black Hills State University. Outside of his classroom, Mark has presented sessions at the NCTM Regional, SD STEM Ed, TIE, and DSU STEAM conferences. He has hosted a Desmos camp for teachers, served as a virtual math coach, blueprint writer, and South Dakota Counts instructor for the SD DOE, is serving on NCTMís Classroom Resources Committee, and has been active as a Desmos Fellow. Mark is a SDCTM member and serves on its executive board as the Vice President.

A person smiling for the cameraAmy Schander, a mathematics teacher from Gayville-Volin, has been teaching for 20 years. She currently teaches Trigonometry, Physics, Geometry, Algebra II,  and Consumer Math in person and Trigonometry, Geometry, and Algebra I virtually at Gayville-Volin High School. Amy graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelorís degree in Biology and Psychology in 1997. She  then pursued an Associate of Science degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Northeast Community College in 1999. In 2001 she earned a Master of  Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of South Dakota. Amy has presented sessions at the SD STEM Ed conference, served as a virtual math  coach, a table Lead for the Geometry State Standards writing workgroup, a contributor and editor for Goalbook, a lesson and assessment developer and reviewer for APass Education Group, and is now serving as a member on the SD DOE Math Advisory Team. Amy is a SDCTM member and serves on its executive board as the Secretary.

 

Science Finalistsí Biographies

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Description automatically generated with medium confidenceMichelle Bartels, a science teacher from Hamlin Middle School, has been teaching for 20 years. She teaches 6th grade earth science, 8th grade physical science, and current events. Michelle earned her bachelorís degree in teacher education from Mount Marty College in 2000 and her masterís in curriculum and instruction from Black Hills State University in 2011. Since then she has also completed the K-12 math and science specialist endorsements from BHSU.  For several years Michelle has been an active member of the SD Science Teaching Association, currently serving on the board as President and newsletter co-editor for the organization. She is a National Geographic Certified Educator and is an EdReports science content team member.

 

A person in a green shirtSpencer Cody, a science teacher from Edmunds Central School District, has been teaching 15 years. He currently teaches 7th grade life science, 8th grade physical science, 9th grade conceptual chemistry/physics, 10th grade biology, 11th grade chemistry, and 11-12th grade zoology/anatomy and physiology. Spencer received his bachelorís in middle and secondary biology education from Concordia College in 2005, and his masterís in chemistry education from South Dakota State University in 2010. Spencer has written and received many grants to support science education in his district and for teachers around South Dakota. He has a passion for participating in science research opportunities including Teacher at Sea journeys, as well as enhancing science curriculum and testing at the state and national levels. Spencer has also presented at the South Dakota STEM Ed Conference for many years.

A close-up of a person smilingKristen Gonsoir, a science teacher from Groton Area High School, has taught 28 years. She currently teaches 10-12th grade general chemistry, 11-12th grade organic chemistry, and 12th grade physics. Kristen earned her bachelorís in chemistry and education in 1992, and her masters in teaching in learning in 2015, both from Northern State University. In 2019 she was a Japan-U.S. Fulbright program teacher. The program focused on utilizing technology to promote global citizenship with students. At the state level, Kristen has been involved with the DOE Mentor Teacher program and Science Standards Translations Team. She has received multiple awards while serving as her districtís debate coach.
 

PAEMST Background:

The PAEMST program was established in 1983 by the White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  The award is the nationís highest honor for math and science (including computer science) teachers.  The program identifies outstanding math and science teachers in all 50 states and four US jurisdictions.

Awardees each receive a $10,000 award, a paid trip to Washington, DC to attend a week-long series of networking opportunities and recognition events, and a special citation signed by the President of the United States.

Incentives to complete the application process:

Three CEU's from the South Dakota Department of Education can also be earned toward certificate renewal by completing the application process.  To be eligible, a PAEMST candidate must complete all components of the application process and submit a scorable application that can be sent on to the state selection committee.  All applicants submitting a scorable application will earn credit, not just the state finalists whose materials will be sent on to a national selection panel. 

 If you have any questions, please contact:

Allen Hogie                                                                 Jennifer Fowler

SD PAEMST Mathematics Coordinator            SD PAEMST Science Coordinator

Allen.Hogie@k12.sd.us                                          Jennifer.Fowler@k12.sd.us                        

605.553.8095                                                              605.431.5438


  

SD Presidential Award Recipients
1983-2020

        
 
Mr. James Nelson
814 12th Avenue SE
Aberdeen , SD 57401

Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 1983

Dr. Rochelle VonEye
1200 West University Ave
Mitchell , SD 57301

Email: rovoneye@dwu.edu
Discipline: 7-12 Mathemat
ics
Award Year: 1984

Mr. Kenneth Anderson
3004 East 23rd Street
Sioux Falls , SD 57103

Discipline: 7-12 Mathemat
ics
Award Year: 1985

Ms. JoAnn Kothe
Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 1986

Mrs. Marla Walz
2102 Buffalo Street
Pierre , SD 57501

Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics

Award Year: 1987

Ms. Vicki Fredrickson
1220 North Lloyd
Aberdeen , SD 57401
Email: vicki.fredrickson@aberdeen.k12.sd.us
Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 1988

Ms. Helen Kephart
412 W. Clark Street
Vermillion , SD 57069

Email: hkephart@care2.com
Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 1989

Ms. Catherine Quinlivan
4106 Pleasant Drive
Rapid City , SD 57702

Email:
cquinlivan@dsdk12.net

Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 1990

Ms. Della L. Snethen
707 13th Street, P.O. Box 265
Springfield , SD 57062

Discipline: K-6 Mathematics
Award Year: 1990

Ms. Sherry Kay Petera
1714 13th Avenue
Belle Fourche , SD 57717

Discipline: K-6 Mathematics
Award Year: 1991

Ms. Anne Thompson
709 E Wiswall Place
Sioux Falls , SD 57105-2031

Email: acwthompson@sio.midco.net
Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 1991

Ms. Kathy Jean Horsted
Route 1, Box 767
Harrisburg , SD 57032

Discipline: K-6 Mathematics
Award Year: 1992

Ms. Carol Jenison Murphy
4039 Oakmont Court
Rapid City , SD 57702

Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 1992

Mr. Alan P. Grinsteinner
Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 1993

Ms. Diana Rae McCann
41876 Apple Tree Road
Springfield , SD 57062

Email:
dm57062@valyou.net
Discipline: K-6 Mathematics
Award Year: 1993

Ms. Gail M. Torrence
220 W. 9th Avenue
Webster , SD 57274

Discipline: K-6 Mathematics
Award Year: 1994

Mr. Joel Albright
3615 Sycamore Place
Rapid City , SD 57702-4966

Email: jalbright@rushmore.com
Discipline: 7-12 Mathemat
ics
Award Year: 1994

Ms. Kristine K. Malloy
Box 70
Parkston , SD 57366

Email: kmalloy@santel.net
Discipline: K-6 Mathematics

Award Year: 1995

Ms. Rebecca R. Umenthum
P.O. Box 387
Belle Fourche , SD 57717
Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 1995

Ms. Rosemary Johnson
6201 Long View Road
Rapid City , SD 57703

Email: rjohnson@rapidnet.com
Discipline: K-6 Mathematics

Award Year: 1996

Mr. Leo Keiser
202 South 11th Street
Beresford , SD 57004

Email: lkeiser@bmtc.net
Discipline: 7-12 Mathem
atics
Award Year: 1996

Mrs. Charla O'Dea
PO Box 656
19318 US Hwy 85
Belle Fourche , SD 57717
Email: charodea@hotmail.com
Discipline: K-6 Mathemati
cs
Award Year: 1997

Ms. Jean Gomer
Box 96
White , SD 57276

Email: Jean.Gomer@k12.sd.us
Discipline: 7-12 Mathemat
ics
Award Year: 1997

Mrs. Rose Kraft
1323 N. Pennsylvania Street
Aberdeen , SD 57401-2160

Email:
rmkraft@hotmail.com

Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 1998

Ms. Mary Jo Christensen
214 W. 9th Avenue
Webster , SD 57274

Email: chrisbmj@itctel.com
Discipline: K-6 Mathematics
Award Year: 1999

Ms. Ellen Cooch
219 Union Street
Spearfish , SD 57783-0000

Email:
ecooch@rushmore.com
Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 1999

Ms. Teresa McComber
41 E Detroit Drive
Allyn , WA 98524-9700

Email: mctwoman@aol.com
Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 2000

 

 

Ms. Betty Thomas
41033 312th Street
Springfield , SD 57062

Discipline: K-6 Mathematics
Award Year: 2000

Ms. Cynthia Kroon
46223 262nd Street
Hartford , SD 57033

Montrose High School
Email: cindy.kroon@k12.sd.us
Phone:
605-363-5025
Discipline: 7-12 M
athematics
Award Year: 2001

Ms. Roxie Ahlbrecht
3101 S Carter Place
Sioux Falls , SD 57105-5923

Robert Frost Elementary

Email: Roxie.Ahlbrecht@k12.sd.us
Phone: 605-367-6170
Discipline: K-6 Mathematics
Award Year: 2002

Ms. Donna Peterson
345 Buzzell Hill Road
Hope , ME 04847

Belle Fourche Middle School
Email: donnalan@tidewater.net
Phone:
605-723-3367
Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 2003

Ms. Dawn Wirth
44775 289 Street
Vilborg , SD 57070
Hurley Public School

Email: onhills@iw.net
Phone:
605-238-5221
Discipline: K-6 Mathematics
Award Year: 2004

Ms. Sandra Ullrich
1318 North State
Aberdeen , SD 57401
Lincoln Elementary School

Email: suteach@abe.midco.net
Phone:
605-725-7200
Discipline: K-6 Mathematics
Award Year: 2006

Mr. Allen Hogie
416 Country Club Ave
Brandon, SD 57005
Brandon Valley High School
Email: allen.hogie@k12.sd.us
Phone: (605) 582-2106
Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 2007

Ms. Rebecca Kitts
Pierre SD
Saint Joseph Elementary School
Email: becki.kitts@k12.sd.us
Discipline: K-6 Mathematics
Award Year: 2008

Ms. Lori Keleher
Miller, SD
Miller High School
Email: lori.keleher@k12.sd.us
Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 2009

Ms. Constance Ahrens
Rapid City, SD
Knollwood Heights Elementary
Email: constance.ahrens@k12.sd.us
Discipline: K-6 Mathematics
Award Year: 2010

Ms.Deb Snook
Philip SD
Phillip High School
Email: deb.snook@k12.sd.us
Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics
Award Year: 2011

Ms. Erin Marsh

Pierre, SD

Pierre Indian Learning Center

Email: erin.marsh@k12.sd.us

Discipline K-6 Mathematics

Award Year: 2012

 

Ms. Lindsey Brewer

Huron, SD

Huron High School

Email: lindsey.brewer@k12.sd.us

Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics

Award Year: 2013

 

Ms. Crystal McMachen

Rapid City, SD

Southwest Middle School

Email crystal.mcmachen@k12.sd.us

Discipline: K-6 Mathematics

Award Year 2014

 

Ms. Bjorg Remmers-Seymour

East Middle School

Rapid City, SD

Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics

Award Year 2015

 

Ms. Lindsey Tellinghuisen

Willow Lake, SD

Willow Lake Elementary School

Email lindsey.tellinghuisen@k12.sd.us

Discipline: K-6 Mathematics

Award Year 2016

 

Ms. Andrea Thedorff

Black Hawk Elementary

Black Hawk, SD

Discipline: K-6 Mathematics

Award Year 2016

 

Ms. Leah Oxner

Rapid City West Middle School

Rapid City, SD

Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics

Award Year 2017

 

Ms. Kimberly Webber

Black Hawk Elementary

Black Hawk, SD

Discipline: K-6 Mathematics

Award Year 2018

 

Ms. Carla Diede

Harrisburg Middle School

Harrisburg, SD

Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics

Award Year 2019

 

Ms. Darcy Vincent

Camelot intermediate School

Brookings, SD

Discipline K-6 Mathematics

Award Year 2020

 

Ms. Merideth Wald

Black Hawk Elementary

Black Hawk, SD

Discipline K-6 Mathematics

Award Year 2020

 

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