Clark Magnet High School teacher Dominique Evans-Bye has been selected as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The award was announced this week in conjunction with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The Presidential Awards are facilitated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation. They are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching.
Evans-Bye is one of only 15 educators to receive the PAESMEM this year. Awardees come from schools in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, and schools in the United States territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. Presidential Award recipients are being honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. this week where they will receive a $10,000 special award from the National Science Foundation.
“The PAESMEM recognizes the critical roles mentors play outside the traditional classroom setting in the academic and professional development of the future STEM workforce,” White House officials said in a media release. “Since 1995, the PAESMEM has honored the hard work and dedication which mentors exhibit in broadening participation in the STEM pipeline.”
Clark Magnet High School has a strong focus on STEM education. Students have access to advanced science and technology instruction, including 10 Career and Technical Education pathways. Evans-Bye teaches science courses, including Biology and Geographical Information Systems and mentors several award-winning student teams in worldwide science and technology competitions. Evans-Bye was recognized as a Los Angeles County Office of Education Teacher of the Year in 2017.