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Dec. 2018  

  Nominate an outstanding biology teacher

Want to recognize a great science teacher in your district? Nominate him or her for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. The award is sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers and honors teachers of the life sciences in grades 7-12.

Sanford Health sponsors a $1,000 grant for the winning teacher to use for professional development and/or classroom materials. The recipient may also receive a variety of other prizes, including science classroom supplies. Each state’s winner is also invited to the Honors Luncheon held at the NABT Professional Development Conference in the fall and receives additional materials and prizes from national sponsors.

NOTE: A nominee does not need to have a majority of his or her class load in the life sciences, as this can be a challenge in small school systems where a science teacher might teach all of the sciences and sometimes math, etc. He/she just needs to have consistently taught and currently be teaching life sciences (life science, biology, environmental science, AP, dual credit, etc.)

Selection Criteria
1. Candidates must currently be teaching biology/life science (includes middle school) and must have devoted a significant portion of his/her career to the teaching of biology/life science.

2. Candidates from public, private and parochial schools are eligible.

3. A minimum of three years of teaching experience is mandatory before applying for the OBTA award.

4. Candidates do not need to be members of the National Association of Biology Teachers.

5. Unsuccessful candidates may be re-nominated from year to year.

6. Candidates may receive the award more than once, after 10 years.

Selection Process
To nominate a teacher, email the following information to Julie Olson.

  1. Name of nominee
  2. School
  3. Email address of nominee
  4. Phone number
  5. Nominator’s name and email address

Olson will alert nominees via email and send them guidelines for applying. Nominators will be asked to write a letter of recommendation for the teacher being nominated.

Nominees must complete their applications by March 29, 2019.

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