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Time to Recognize Great Teachers 

Do you believe that classroom teachers should be rewarded for excellence?

Do you want our best teachers to represent our profession to the public?

Do you know exemplary science teachers in your school or district?


Then nominate a colleague (or yourself) for the...

MnSTA Science Teaching Award


Award for Elementary Science Teaching (2023)

Award for Secondary School Science Teaching (2023)

Each awardee will be recognized as part of the MnSTA Conference in November and will receive a $1,000 grant for use in his/her classroom.

Use our Nomination forms to suggest a candidate (or yourself!)
and apply with this application!


Or the 

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching   


Award for elementary mathematics and science teaching (including computer science)  

for  grades K-6: 2022

Award for secondary mathematics and science teaching (including computer science)  

for grades 7-12: 2023

  • Two state Awardees (usually one math and one science) receive awardee activities in Washington DC, usually with a White House reception, and a cash award of $10,000. They also receive state recognition and leadership opportunities. 


Information, Nominations and Applications are at

For questions about the Presidential Awards, contact  , MDE Science Specialist

For questions about the MnSTA Awards, contact , Awards Coordinator

PAEMST is the nation’s highest honor for U.S. K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teachers. The award is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The state finalists are selected by a Minnesota committee and then their applications move on to the national review.


Presidential Award Minnesota State Science finalists for 2024


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Krista Wyvell-Fink

Rum River Elementary School

 Kelly Gibson

Battle Creek Elementary School

  Deanne Trottier

Eagle View Elementary School



Presidential Award Minnesota State Science finalists for 2023




Lainey Bristow

Hiawatha Collegiate High School

Jill Jensen

Scott Highlands Middle School

Beth Robelia

St. Paul Public Schools Online High School



Presidential Award Minnesota State Science finalists for 2022




Anna Edlund

Bluff Creek Elementary School

 Kimberly Menard

Lake Marion Elementry School

Dawn Mueller

Independence Elementary STEM School 


Presidential Award Minnesota State Science finalists for 2021

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Meagan O'Brien

Washington Technology

Magnet School

 Melissa Olson

Becker Senior High School

Anne Zielske

Harding High School



 Other Award Opportunities:

The National Science Teachers Association has teacher awards at

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards provides nationally recognized certification, including Early Adolescence Science (ages 11-15) and Adolescence and Young Adulthood Science (ages 14-18+).



Minnesota Awardees


2023 MnSTA Science Teaching Awardee (Elementary)

Josh Leonard - Belwin Outdoor Science, St. Paul Public Schools



 2023 MnSTA Science Teaching Awardee (Secondary)

Debra Las - John Adams Middle School, Rochester Public Schools



2022 MnSTA Science Teaching Awardee (Elementary)

Barbara Jacobs-Smith of Breck School School


2022 MnSTA Science Teaching Awardee (Secondary)

Stephanie Harris of Washington County Technology Magnet School



2021 MnSTA Science Teaching Awardee (Elementary)

Bradley Hubred of Moose Lake Elementary School


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2020 Presidential Award in Science Awardee (Elementary)

Brian Hare of E-STEM Middle School




2020 MnSTA Science Teaching Awardee (Elementary)

Tanner Walters of Oak Ridge Elementary School


2020 MnSTA Science Teaching Awardee (Secondary)

Gwen Isaacson of Maple River High School


2019 MnSTA Science Teaching Awardee (Secondary)

Laura Unterholzner of Rochester Century High School


2019 Presidential Award in Science Recipient (Secondary)

Eric Friberg, biology teacher, Henry Sibley High School, Mendota Heights


2018 MnSTA Science Teaching Awardees

Carrie Ehn, School of Engineering and Arts, Golden Valley

Nora Gathje, Chatfield High School, Chatfield


2018 Presidential Award in Science Awardee (Elementary)

David McGill of Capitol Hill Elementary, St. Paul


2017 MnSTA Science Teaching Awardees

Kelli Ellickson, Cedar Park Elementary STEM School, Apple Valley

Phil Sinner, Renville County West High School, Renville





2017 Presidential Award in Science Awardee (Secondary)

Stacey Bartlett, Stillwater High School, Stillwater