Dr. Katherine Schilling has been nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST was established in 1983 and is the highest honor given by the United States government for teachers teaching K-12 in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Sue Ellen Lyons (retired Holy Cross educator) and Andrea Walker (committee member for the Greater New Orleans Science Fair at Tulane University) nominated Dr. Schilling.
Dr. Schilling is the science department chair at Holy Cross School teaching AP Biology, Biology I, AP Seminar, and Algebra 3.
"It's an honor to be nominated; the application process has been intense yet rewarding," said Dr. Schilling.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government, specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching. The Awards were established by Congress in 1983. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.
Awards are given to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands).
The award recognizes those teachers who have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program's inception, more than 5,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.
Holy Cross School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school founded in 1849 by the Congregation of Holy Cross School to educate young men from metropolitan New Orleans. Serving students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12, Holy Cross School is fully accredited by the Louisiana State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and holds memberships in the National Catholic Educational Association, the National Middle School Association, and the National High School Association. A Holy Cross School education engages the whole man – mind and heart, body and soul – and is rooted in the teachings of Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. For more information about Holy Cross School visit www.holycrosstigers.com or call 504.942.3100.