Kathy Clemmer Named Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

November 12, 2015

El Segundo High School Math Teacher Kathy Clemmer Nominated for Presidential Honor

El Segundo High School Teacher Katherine Clemmer was nominated as a finalist for the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST program – the highest recognition in the nation for a math or science teacher – recognizes teachers who serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

“Kathy Clemmer is truly a gifted mathematics teacher and a relationship builder who empowers our students to discover their voices within mathematics,” said El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) Superintendent Melissa Moore.

Clemmer, who has taught at El Segundo High School for more than 20 years, is the embodiment of dedication and care in her work with mathematics education. Clemmer’s background is extensive as she taught the Secondary Math Methods course at Loyola Marymount University for 15 years and serves as the director of the Mathematics Leadership Corps she helped establish to provide training to kindergarten through 12th-grade math teachers.

“Visiting her classroom, I can attest that Kathy Clemmer’s open invitation to learn demonstrates her ‘Let’s Find a Way’ philosophy,” said Moore. “Her actions demonstrate passion and commitment. Her students learn that academic standards are a part of life and they must become actively engaged because Mrs. Clemmer will simply accept no other option. Students work diligently for her because they understand by her actions that she believes in them.”

Clemmer has served as the chairperson for two key district-wide committees, including the ESUSD K-12 Mathematics Committee and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Committee. These committees were charged with developing a K-12 curriculum scope and sequence that would align to both the Mathematics Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Through Clemmer’s facilitation, the end result reflected a dynamic process, which involved significant professional dialogue where all students were considered in the equation.

The El Segundo Unified School District is proud that Clemmer has been nominated for this prestigious honor and recognizes her contributions to students, mathematics education at ESUSD, and higher education. Clemmer was also honored at the National Council for Mathematics Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. in early November.

About the El Segundo Unified School District

The El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) was established in 1912 to serve all of the residents living in the City of El Segundo and covers the western part of the city. ESUSD consists of six schools including the Eagle’s Nest Preschool, Richmond Street and Center Street Elementary Schools, El Segundo Middle School, El Segundo High School and the Arena/Virtual High School, as well as partnerships with the South Bay Adult School and California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC).