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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

Award for Secondary School Science Teaching

Each awardee will be recognized at the MnSTA Conference on Science Education in November in St. Cloud and will receive a $1,000 grant for use in his/her classroom. The deadline is October 1.

Use our Nomination forms to suggest a candidate (or yourself!) and this application packet here.


 ........Or the


Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching   


Award for Secondary Mathematics and Science (including computer science) teachers working in grades 7-12 (2017)

Award for Elementary Mathematics and Science Teaching (2018)


  • 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. The nomination deadline is April 1st and the application deadline is May 1st.


Information, Nominations and Applications are at www.paemst.org

For questions, contact John Olson, Awards Coordinator, john.c.olson@state.mn.us,  651-582-8673


The National Science Teachers Association has teacher awards at http://www.nsta.org/about/awards.aspx



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+). http://www.nbpts.org/national-board-certification.


Minnesota Awardees

2017 MnSTA Science Teaching Award

Kelli Ellickson, Cedar Park Elementary STEM School, Apple Valley

Phil Sinner, Renville County West High School, Renville


2017 Presidential Award in Science Finalists (secondary)

Stacey Bartlett, Stillwater High School, Stillwater

James Lane, Mahtomedi High School, Mahtomedi

Marta Stoekel-Rogers, Tartan High School, Oakdale


2016 Presidential Award in Science Finalists (elementary)

                  Jill Jensen, Glacier Hills Elementary school, Eagan

                  Jim Schrankler, St. Anthony Park Elementary School, St. Paul


2016 MnSTA Science Teaching Award, sponsored by Boston Scientific and 3M Corporation

         Jill, Jensen, science specialist at Glacier Hills Elementary School of Art & Science, Eagan

         Katie Melgaard, science teacher at Marshall County Central High School, Newfolden


2015 MnSTA Science Teaching Award, sponsored by Boston Scientific

Sara Aker, fifth grade teacher at Redtail Ridge Elementary School, Savage

Becky Stark, science teacher at Hidden Oakes Middle School, Prior Lake


2015 Presidential Award in Science (secondary)

                  Lisa Houdek, Central High School, St. Paul


2014 Presidential Award in Science (elementary)

                  Francis Stang, O.H. Elementary School, Mahtomedi


For questions, contact

John Olson, MnSTA Teaching Award and Presidential Award Coordinator

john.c.olson@state.mn.us,  651-582-8673