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NASA Explorer School Teacher Receives Presidential Honor
Subra Suresh, Kareen Borders and Dr. John Holdren

Kareen Borders receives her PAEMST citation from NSF Director Subra Suresh and the president's science advisor, Dr. John Holdren. Image Credit: NSF

Students and faculty at Key Peninsula Middle School, a NASA Explorer School in Lakebay, Wash., are extra-proud this holiday season. One of their own was honored last week for being one of the best science teachers in the nation.

Kareen Borders received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17, 2010. Borders was one of 103 teachers from across the country to be honored at this annual academic recognition. The PAEMST began in 1983. The National Science Foundation, or NSF, administers the program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Jim Stofan, Deputy Associate Administrator for Education at NASA Headquarters spoke at the awards ceremony. "We at NASA Education are tremendously proud of Kareen and her fellow recipients," he said. "Through their dedication and enthusiasm, they are helping mold the next generation of scientists and engineers -- a generation that will include interplanetary explorers."

Borders has taught science and an elective aerospace class at Key Peninsula for eight years and leads the school's NASA Explorer School Team. Her aerospace students have competed in and won student science investigations for the past 6 years. She is a Spitzer Space Telescope teacher and a Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, Telescope ambassador.

The NASA Explorer Schools Project is a classroom-based gateway for middle and high school students (grades 4-12) that provides authentic learning experiences designed around NASA's unique missions while promoting student engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics based on NASA's resources.

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