UW–Madison alum is finalist for national award for math and science teaching

UW–Madison alumna Erin Schroeder is one of six Wisconsin educators named as finalists for the 2021 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

Erin Schroeder

Schroeder is a mathematics teacher at Waunakee Community High School, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

The awards, presented annually since 1983, are considered the highest honor given by the U.S. government for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers from across the nation. States establish committees who select finalists based on criteria required by the national PAEMST program.

“The six Wisconsin teachers named finalists for this honor have sparked a love of learning in their students and have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to their students’ academic success,” said Carolyn Stanford Taylor, the Wisconsin state superintendent for public instruction, when announcing the finalists.

“I congratulate the finalists on this special achievement, and I applaud them for making a lifelong difference in the lives of their students.”

Applications from Wisconsin’s finalists will be judged at the national level by a committee organized by the National Science Foundation, which administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Learn more about the awards and the finalists from Wisconsin.

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