For Immediate Release 5/2/2022
Established in 1983, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) annually recognize outstanding classroom teachers for their achievements in the profession. The Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics, Inc. (CPAM) has established a scholarship program for high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in mathematics and who intend to pursue a course of study to prepare to teach mathematics at the elementary or secondary school level. Carrie Birchfield, a student at Powdersville High School in Greenville, South Carolina (Anderson School District One), has been named the 2022 recipient of the Denise I. Griffiths CPAM Scholarship. The scholarship awards $2000 renewable for 3 additional years for a total of $8000.
Carrie was nominated by Dr. Jenny Van Buren, the South Carolina 2019 PAEMST Awardee. Carrie participated in the South Carolina Teacher Cadet Program, a curriculum-based college level course designed to provide a challenging introduction to teaching. She will be attending Clemson University in the fall. Jenny shares, “Carrie is an outstanding mathematics student, and she is always willing to help her classmates learn. She is going to be an amazing mathematics teacher. She is highly capable, motivated to achieve, and passionate about helping students learn mathematics.”
Carrie’s essay tells of her excitement with mathematics. She states, “I cannot change the wiring of a student’s brain, but I have the skillset and desire to help students understand math topics…Good teachers are necessary, but excellent teachers are a gift, and I hope to be a gift to the students who come my way.”
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Jenny Van Buren, Ed.D.
Powdersville High School
For more information on the CPAM Scholarship: https://cpam.org/documents