LOGAN – On Tuesday, the White House announced recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The recognition honors teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade in all 50 states, U.S. territories, military installations and the District of Columbia, and one of those recently taught in the Logan City School District.
Rachel Reeder is one of four teachers in Utah to receive the prestigious award. She was a first grade Spanish dual language immersion teacher at Bridger Elementary, but according to the district she is currently taking a break from the classroom to be a mom and finalize her PhD program at Utah State University. Reeder, and each award recipient, will receive a citation signed by President Donald Trump and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Reeder will also have the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC for an awards ceremony at a later date.
Reeder has been a teacher for six years. Prior to coming to Logan, she spent several years in the Wasatch County School District as a third grade teacher, mathematics coach and a state Dual Language Immersion coordinator. She has received degrees from Brigham Young University and Southern Utah University, and is a Ph.D. student at USU with expected completion in 2020.
The PAEMST program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.
Last fall, Reeder was named as a finalist for the award by the Utah State Board of Education.