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  Nominate outstanding biology teachers

Nominate a great science teacher in your district 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. Nominees will have until March 30 to complete their application for the award.

Nominees do not need to have a majority of their class load in the life sciences as this may not be feasible in small districts where science teachers may teach all of the sciences and sometimes math as well.

Nominees need only have consistently taught and currently teach life sciences (life science, biology, environmental science, AP, dual credit, etc.)

Criteria for Selection

  1. Candidates must be presently 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.
  4. Candidates need not be members of NABT.
  5. Unsuccessful candidates may be re-nominated from year to year.
  6. Candidates may receive the award more than once, after 10 years.
To nominate a teacher, email the following information to OBTA Director Jeff Peterson.
  1. Name of Nominee
  2. School
  3. Email address
  4. Phone number
  5. Your name and email should Jeff need to contact you
The nominee will get an email from Jeff, along with guidelines to apply. Nominators are asked to write a letter of recommendation for the individual they nominate and to encourage the nominee to complete the application process, which is due by March 30, 2020.

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