Moundsville Middle School 6th grade Science teacher Jaime Pettit is a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the highest honor a science instructor may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

Pettit has been an educator for 12 years and has spent the past 10 years at Moundsville Middle School. She previously taught at St. Michael Parish School for two years.

Pettit is a firm believer in hands-on, inquiry-based science education. Her students have the opportunity to learn science in her classroom by doing science and participating in activities to pursue new knowledge. Pettit is the science club advisor and science fair coordinator for MMS where she has had a student reach the international science fair two years in a row. Pettit is also a mentor to new teachers and student teachers.

She shares her love of science with colleagues around the state by presenting at state conferences, training teachers on new science curriculum and helping to coordinate her county’s professional development days.

“It is humbling to be honored with the prestigious Presidential Award which acknowledges the love and passion for science that educators must effectively instill in our students, and watch them transform into scientists while in our classrooms,” Petitt explained. “I hope to continue to instill in my students the desire to become lifelong learners and allow them to see that knowledge is their door to the future.”

Pettit earned her B.A. in elementary education from West Liberty State College, and a M.A. in elementary education from West Virginia University. She also holds her administration certification from West Virginia University and post-master’s certificates in leadership & accountability and curriculum and instruction from Capella University. Jaime is currently finishing her Ed.D in curriculum and instruction. She is certified in elementary education and general science.

“West Virginia continues to pursue high-quality teaching that leads to exceptional student learning and achievement. These educators model effective and innovative instruction and I am honored they teach in our state,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven L. Paine. “They have dedicated themselves and their careers to the children of West Virginia, and because of them, hundreds of our children will be exposed to math and science instruction that is second to none.”

Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award given by the U.S. Government to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science.

A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists, and educators at the State and national levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to OSTP.  Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Nominations and awards are facilitated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation. The individuals and organizations announced are 2017 and 2018 Awardees.

In addition to attending the recognition ceremony, Pettit will attend a series of professional development activities in Washington and receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. She will also be given a citation signed by President Donald J. Trump.