Helen Stahlin-Corveleyn ’00 was among 117 teachers, mentors, and mentoring organizations named by President Joe Biden as recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).
The awards honor the important role that America’s teachers and mentors play in supporting learners who will be future STEM professionals, including climate scientists, mathematicians, innovators, space explorers, and engineers, according to a February 2022 announcement.
Helen, who won in the Science category, teaches at Hopewell Elementary School in Hopewell, NJ. Her husband is Graig Corveleyn ’01.
Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award that kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers can receive from the U.S. government. Nominees complete a rigorous application process that allows them to demonstrate deep content knowledge and their ability to adapt to a broad range of learners and teaching environments. A panel of mathematicians, scientists, and educators at the state and national levels assesses the applications before recommending nominees to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving STEM education.
The National Science Foundation, which manages PAEMST and PAESMEM on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, provides each recipient $10,000. Award recipients also receive a certificate signed by the president.