Dobyns-Bennett Teacher Named a State Winner for Prestigious PAEMST Award

Published June 21, 2017 at 5:33 p.m.
KINGSPORT, Tenn.Ms. Kris Krautkremer, Dobyns-Bennett High School AP Biology and AP Biology 2 teacher, has been named a State-level science winner for the prestigious 2016-17 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

"Ms. Krautkremer is an exemplary model when it comes to demonstrating a commitment to the KCS vision of being Student-Focused . . . World-Class,” said KCS Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie. “Her every action is focused on creating an engaging and challenging learning environment for students and she has a tremendous record of success. While we are fortunate to have her serving students for many years, it is most gratifying that Ms. Krautkremer’s work is also recognized by the State. We are proud to call her one of our own!"

Krautkremer, in her 14th year with Kingsport City Schools, was a district-level KCS Teacher of the Year, grades 9-12 in 2016. She has a total of 30 years of teaching experience and currently teaches AP Biology 2 and AP Biology at Dobyns-Bennett. She was a 2016 SCORE Educator Fellow. She has led and participated in department-level Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for both Science and Math, and has served as department chair in both disciplines. While a faculty member at Georgia Military College, she coordinated all science instruction for the Warner-Robbins campus.  She has served as the KCS District Science Coordinator, instituted and led teacher Science Curriculum Development PLCs for K-5 teachers, worked as a council member for the ETSU Northeast STEM Innovation Hub, and as TNCore Coach.  She was also on the TCAP Bias Review Committee, served as President and Secretary for the Upper East Tennessee Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and served as President-Elect for the Tennessee Science Education Leadership Association.  In addition, Krautkremer was a multi-year Georgia STAR Teacher, was awarded first place at the ETSU 18th Annual Student Research Forum, and was awarded the Founder’s Award at the 27th Annual Southeastern Regional Lipid Conference for Best Doctoral Research Project/Design.

"Every day I am blessed to work with the most amazing students,” said Krautkremer. “Together we work to make meaning around really difficult content. We are more like a family than a classroom. I'm so grateful PAEMST values that student-focused culture. It's an honor to be selected and I hope my students understand this recognition is for our work together."

Krautkremer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters of Science in Microbiology and Masters of Public Administration from Texas A & M.

Krautkremer’s application will now be submitted for the national selection process.  National awards are given for up to two (2) mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers from each of the 50 states.  National awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at the awardee’s discretion, and a trip to Washington, D.C. for recognition events.  In addition, she will be recognized for this outstanding achievement in September at a Tennessee Department of Education banquet scheduled for Nashville, TN.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), established by Congress in 1983, are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching.  You can learn more about PAEMST by clicking here.

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE).

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