SAHS science teacher receives Presidential Award

October 15, 2019
Stacy Bartlett

Stillwater Area High School biology teacher Stacy Bartlett has been given the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). It’s the highest government award for math and science teachers in grades K-12. Bartlett is one of just 2 Minnesota educators and about 100 nationally to win the prestigious award. 

A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists, and educators at the state and national levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. 

Bartlett says receiving the award marks the pinnacle of her career.

“There is no greater honor,” said Bartlett. “This humbling recognition not only affirms the enthusiasm, perseverance, and creativity I have poured into my life’s passion, but reflects my own education and the strong support of my students, parents, colleagues, and family. The continued privilege to engage new students in science combined with the amazing honor of this award have energized and strengthened my commitment to quality science education.”

Bartlett and the other awardees will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities. They also receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).