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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 September 30, 2019.

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 elementary mathematics and science teaching (including computer science)  

for  grades K-6: 2020

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

for grades 7-12: 2021

  • 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 Jean Tushie, Awards Coordinator, jtushie@comcast.net, 612-308-6148


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


2019 Presidential Award in Science Finalists (Secondary)

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

Marta Stoeckel-Rogers, physics teacher, Tartan High School, Oakdale

Cynthia Welch, life and earth science teacher, Cloquet Middle School, Cloquet


2018 MnSTA Science Teaching Award

Carrie Ehn, School of Engineering and Arts, Golden Valley

Nora Gathje, Chatfield High School, Chatfield


2018 Presidential Award in Science Finalists (elementary)

Dan Gruhlke of Eastview Education Center, Monticello

Bonnie Laabs of Hamline Elementary, St. Paul

David McGill of Capitol Hill Elementary, St. Paul


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

                  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



For questions, contact

Jean Tushie, Awards Coordinator

jtushie@comcast.net, 612-308-6148