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GCPS math and science teacher named finalist for national award

July 31, 2023

     Heather Wheeler, a North Gwinnett Middle School Science Teacher, is a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the PAEMST is the highest honor awarded by the United States government, specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching. Mrs. Wheeler is one of only six state finalists for the prestigious award that recognizes teachers with deep content knowledge of their subjects and the ability to motivate and enable students to succeed in those areas.

     Sherri Gilbert, the principal at North Gwinnett Middle, says Mrs. Wheeler is a creative and engaging educator. “Mrs. Wheeler's dedication to her students and tireless efforts to promote excellence in mathematics and science education make her an exemplary educator,” Mrs. Gilbert explains. “Her innovative teaching methods, commitment to professional growth, and the positive impact she has on her students’ lives make her highly deserving of this recognition.” 

     With 13 years of experience in education, Mrs. Wheeler has consistently exhibited an unwavering commitment to her student’s success and a remarkable ability to cultivate a love for mathematics and science among her pupils. As a state finalist, she will now advance to the national level of the PAEMST selection process. A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists, educators, and other experts will review her teaching portfolio, accomplishments, and contributions to the field. The NSF will announce the final recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Winners will receive a $10,000 award from the NSF, a certificate signed by the President of the United States, and a paid trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.