On February 8, 2022, the White House announced the most recent recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Bemidji Middle School teacher, Abe Schwartz was named the Minnesota Awardee.

When asked about the award Abe said:

This award celebrates continuous learning, growth, and pursuit of excellence in teaching mathematics. My journey began with self-reflection and a desire to build more meaningful mathematics experiences for my students, which have had a tremendous impact on classroom dynamics and student achievement. The support and expertise of my mentors and colleagues have been instrumental in achieving this goal. I look forward to continuing this journey and creating a lasting impact on mathematics education.