(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement congratulating Elizabeth Allen and Jaunine Fouché, the Pennsylvania winners of this year's Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

"I am incredibly proud of Elizabeth Allen and Jaunine Fouché's accomplishments in mathematics and science teaching that led them to receive this award. Both women have been inspiring young people through their teaching for over 15 years, and I am pleased to see that their time, dedication, and passions are being recognized with this prestigious award," Dent commented.

Established in 1938, the PAEMST is the highest distinction from the United States government to K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Since its inception, more than 4,600 teachers have been recognized in two categories, K-6th mathematics or science and 7th-12th mathematics or science. Applicants face two review panels—one at the state and national levels—made up of mathematics and science professionals and educators. The state panels select up to five finalists from each discipline. The national level then picks just two finalists from each state or jurisdiction.

Winners are chosen from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of Defense Education Activity schools, and the U.S. territories. As a prize, all winners will receive a signed certificate from the President, a trip for two to Washington, D.C. for recognition events, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Dent continued, "A commitment to education, particularly STEM education, is crucial for retaining our nation's innovative spirit, and it's an honor to see that the efforts of Elizabeth and Jaunine to guide and prepare future generations of students here in Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District are recognized by their peers at the national level as well."

Elizabeth Allen is from Hellertown, PA, where she has taught mathematics at Saucon Valley High School for 19 years. Jaunine Fouché teaches various science fields at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA. She has been teaching there for 16 years.

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Link to PAEMST information

Winners' Information

CONTACT: Emily Rauch (202) 225-6411