Four Connecticut teachers were listed among those to receive Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, according to a news release from the White House.

Nominations and awards are facilitated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation.

The list — which includes four teachers from each state and several teachers from Department of Defense Education Activity and U.S. territories — was released Tuesday. It included 2017 and 2018 awardees.

The teachers from Connecticut were Kimberly Moran, who teaches at Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury; Peter Shanazu, who teaches at Fairfield Warde High School in Fairfield; Kristina Ngai, who teaches at William J. Johnston Middle School in Colchester; and Diane Pintavalle, who teaches at Glastonbury High School in Glastonbury.

The news release said the award is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade who teach math and science, including computer science.

Applications are assessed by a panel of mathematicians, scientists and educators at the state and national level before recommendations are passed on.

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