ORANGE >> Nicole Gilson, mathematics teacher at Peck Place School, is among 213 mathematics and science teachers due to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The educators will receive their awards Sept. 8 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. They will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and may attend educational and celebratory events, and visit with members of the administration. The awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The award is given to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers who are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection at the state level. \u201cThe recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our nation\u2019s success,\u201d Obama said. \u201cAs the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills that help keep us on the cutting edge,\u201d the president said. Obama and his administration have taken steps to strengthen education in science, technology, engineering and math fields in order to fully harness the promise the nation\u2019s students. The president\u2019s Educate to Innovate campaign, launched in November 2009, has resulted in more than $1 billion in private investment for improving K-12 STEM education. To learn more, visit https:\/\/recognition.paemst.org.