“I congratulate these remarkable teachers whose dedication and innovative teaching styles prepare our students for 21st century careers and college,” said Torlakson. “These teachers are among the best of the best in their field and an inspiration to their students and colleagues.”
The California Department of Education (CDE) partnered with the California Science Teachers Association and the California Mathematics Council to recruit and select nominees for the PAEMST program—the highest recognition in the nation for a mathematics or science teacher.
Each applicant must demonstrate a mastery of math or science, appropriate use of instructional methods and strategies, lifelong learning, and leadership in education outside the classroom. State finalists were selected by a panel of their peers who reviewed each candidate's content knowledge, teaching effectiveness, achievement results, and professional involvement.
Chattopadhyay teaches grades one through six at Grimmer Elementary and has been teaching for 10 years. Her students utilize Google Apps for Education and various other software to increase their technology skills through collaborative projects. Chattopadhyay holds a master’s of science in electronics and a master’s in telecommunication systems.
“In a few short years Grimmer Elementary has transformed itself into one of the true superstars of our school district thanks in no small part to outstanding teachers like Ms. Chattopadhyay,” said FUSD Superintendent, Dr. Jim Morris. “We congratulate her for being nominated for this honor as well as Principal Judy Nye and the entire Grimmer community.”
The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. PAEMST was enacted by Congress in 1983 and authorizes the President each year to bestow up to 108 awards. PAEMST awards primary and secondary teachers in alternate years. Awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of Defense Schools, and the U.S. territories.
For a list of all nominees and for more information, visit the CDE’s Presidential Awards for Math and Science Teaching CDE Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/pa/, or the PAEMST Web site at https://www.paemst.org/.