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Dear Colleague:


On October 6, 2016, an email was sent to you regarding a new loan repayment program offered by the State of Texas.  The application deadline for this program is two weeks away.  We would very much appreciate your assistance with spreading the word about this opportunity for math and science teachers.


The Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program was authorized by the 83rd Texas Legislature and funding was authorized by the 84th Texas Legislature.  This program was created to encourage teachers who demonstrated high academic achievement as math or science majors, to teach math or science in Texas public schools for eight years, the first four of which are at Texas schools that receive federal funding under Title I, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.


Selected applicants may qualify for up to $5,000 in student loan repayment assistance based on full-time classroom teaching for each completed academic year.  Program requirements, the fillable application form, and link to the administrative rules of the program are posted on the program web page, which can be found at The application deadline is December 15, 2016.


Please feel free to contact the loan repayment programs staff by e-mail at or by phone at (800) 242-3062 if you have any questions.


Stacy Johnson

Program Manager

Loan Repayment Programs





Ten Texas teachers named finalists

for 2016 presidential award in math and science

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that ten teachers from across Texas have been named finalists for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The 2016 awards recognize kindergarten through sixth grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom. It is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States.

"Texans need look no further than the math and science classrooms across our state to witness the outstanding work being carried out by teachers each school day," said Commissioner Morath. "These ten finalists reflect the very best in innovative instruction and I congratulate each of them on this national recognition."

The 2016 Texas finalists in elementary mathematics are:

  • Deborah Cunningham (Garland ISD) – Fourth grade mathematics and science teacher at John W. Armstrong Elementary School
  • Ashley Dodson (Allen ISD) – Second grade teacher at Beverly Cheatham Elementary School
  • Robert Rivera (Brownsville ISD) – Sixth grade mathematics teacher at Harry Lee Faulk Middle School
  • Misty Ruth (Pasadena ISD) – Kindergarten teacher at Adella Young Elementary School
  • Deborah Swyers (Round Rock ISD) – Third grade mathematics teacher at Elsa England Elementary School

The Texas finalists in elementary science are:

  • Rubi deHoyos (Northside ISD) – Kindergarten-fifth grade science teacher at Jim G. Martin Elementary School in San Antonio
  • Kirk Evans (Allen ISD) Fifth grade science teacher at David and Lynda Olson Elementary School
  • Denise Koontz (Keller ISD) – Fifth grade science teacher at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School
  • Andrea Miller (Mesquite ISD) Fifth grade science teacher at B.J. Smith Elementary School
  • Kelly Spradley (Little Elm ISD) Fifth grade science teacher at D.H. Brent Elementary School

To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher first must be nominated or apply for the award. A state panel of master teachers, content specialists, and administrators reviewed the applications and chose the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for national awardee status.

After the initial selection process at the state or territorial level, a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators may select up to two teachers from each state and U.S. jurisdiction for the national award.  PAEMST winners receive $10,000, a citation signed by the President of the United States, and a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend recognition events and professional development opportunities. In addition, all of the 2016 finalists for Texas will also be recognized by the State Board of Education.

The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. For additional information about the PAEMST program, visit


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