Marcia Farrand, Becky Kitts, and Amy Knudson are state finalists for the 2008 Elementary Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. This is the highest teaching award given for Mathematics and Science teaching. Marcia Farrand teaches at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Rapid City. She has 26 years of teaching experience with 12 years of it at Woodrow Wilson. She teaches third grade. She has presented at many conferences including SDCTM/SDSTA Annual Conference, and the National Science Conference. Amy Knudson teaches at Harvey Dunn Elementary in Sioux Falls, SD. She has been teaching for 18 years with the last 3 years being in her present position. She presently teaches fourth grade. She has previously taught in Omaha, Nebraska, Lubbock, Texas and other schools in the Sioux Falls School system. Becky Kitts teaches at St. Joseph Elementary School in Pierre, SD. She has been teaching for 8 years with the last 3 being in her present position. She presently teaches 3rd grade. She has also taught 1st and 2nd grades at Blunt, SD. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching Program was established in 1983 by the White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The program identifies outstanding mathematics and science teacher for Kindergarten through 12th grade, in the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. The teachers serve as models for their colleagues and as leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education. These teachers are national role models for educators to emulate; for students to admire; and for parents, administrators, and communities to nurture. PAEMST Awardees have been shown to devote more time to professional development, to incorporate innovative approaches into their classroom teaching and to be more likely to use computers and other technologies in their classrooms. Every year up to 108 National Awardees each receive a $10,000 award, a paid trip for two to Washington, DC to attend a week-long series of networking opportunities and recognition events, and a special citation signed by the President of the United States. The national award will be announced by the President of the United States sometime before the national award week which is in the Spring of 2009.