WSR teacher is presidential awardee

Posted on Oct 17 2019


A teacher from William S. Reyes Elementary School has been chosen to receive a Presidential Excellence Award today, one of more than 50 awardees from all over the United States.

In an announcement yesterday by the White House, it said that Joseph John Muña will be one of the recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Muña was nominated by his former principal, Naomi Nishimura. Saipan Tribune tried to obtain comments from Muña but it was learned that he is currently off-island.

“On behalf of the entire CNMI Public School System, we congratulate Mr. Muña on his recognition and outstanding service to the students of William S. Reyes Elementary School and PSS,” said Education Commissioner Glenn Muña in a statement.

Awardees come from school in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, and schools in the U.S. territories of Guam, the CNMI, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Nominations and awards are facilitated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump announced the recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring yesterday, CNMI time.

The individuals and organizations announced are 2017 and 2018 recipients. This presidential award is for K-12 teachers.

Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award given by the U.S. government to Kindergarten to 12th grade teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science.

A panel of mathematicians, scientists, and educators at the state and national levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to OTSP.

Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving science, technology, engineering, and math education.

Marc Venus | Reporter
Marc Venus is the Saipan Tribune's public health and education reporter. He has an associate degree in Applied Sciences in Computer Applications and is working on his bachelor’s degree at the Northern Marianas College. Contact him at

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