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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 as part of the MnSTA Conference in November and will receive a $1,000 grant for use in his/her classroom.  The deadline is October 11, 2021.

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: 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

For questions about the Presidential Awards, contact  651-582-8673

For questions about the MnSTA Awards, contact , Awards Coordinator at 612-308-6148

The 2020 Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science Teaching go to elementary teachers who record a lesson and write about several aspects of their teaching and leadership. The state finalists are selected by a Minnesota committee and then their applications move on to the national review. The Minnesota finalists are:



 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


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