Awards will be presented to our Awardees at the 2023 Conference held at
Gresham High School, Gresham, Oregon
Saturday, October 14th
Please join us in celebrating our colleagues and everyone's commitment to science education.
We are very proud to have these educators as members of the Oregon Science Teachers Association.
One of the most important functions of the Oregon Science Teachers Association is to recognize outstanding science educators across the state. Each year the OSTA Executive Board selects several individuals for statewide and regional awards. The Awardees are selected by committee from individuals nominated by members of OSTA.
Duane Marshall Special Service to Science Education Award
Duane Marshall was an outstanding career teacher from Newberg High School, active in OSTA, and an important contributor to science education in Oregon. This award in his name in intended to honor those individuals who, as classroom teachers, have made significant contributions to science teaching in their own classrooms and beyond. The awardee was selected based on career longevity and body of work, statewide and regional influence, enthusiasm for science, and the ability to motivate students and colleagues alike.
Fred Fox Distinguished Service to Science Education Award
This award is named in honor of Fred Fox, a distinguished and well-loved teacher educator from Oregon State university (1957-82). The award is intended to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to mentoring and developing new teachers. It is intended for nominees involved in teacher training programs at the college level, ESD, district administrators or other administrative positions. The awardee is selected based on career longevity, breadth of influence, enthusiasm for science and the profession of science education, and the demonstrated ability to motivate.
The Sunrise Scholarship
The Sunrise Scholarship Award was established by long-time OSTA Board Member, Lynn Mitchell. Lynn was a science teacher at Hood River High school, and spent many years on the OSTA board in a number of capacities. His vision for this scholarship was to support early career teachers to get involved with their professional organization, take advantage of the resources available through being a member, and setting the stage for the next generation of science leaders in OSTA. The Sunrise Scholarship is used to pay registration to attend the next two (2) OSTA Statewide Conferences, and a 2-year membership in OSTA.
The NGSS Team Award
As Dr. Okhee Lee said, NGSS implementation is a relay, and the strongest runners - the classroom teachers - take the baton over the finish line. OSTA has created the NGSS Team Award to honor the incredible teamwork happening at schools and districts statewide. This award will be given to a team of K-12 teachers who are sharing the work of implementing NGSS-aligned curriculum and assessment at their school or in their district.
These awards are meant to recognize and honor the work of outstanding classroom teachers in the categories of Early Career, Elementary, Middle, and High School. From every region in Oregon, awardees are selected based on their ability to motivate student achievement and excitement in science.
Greater Oregon: Baker, Grant, Harney, Morrow, Umatilla, Union & Wallowa Counties
Portland-Metro: Multnomah (West of I-205) & Washingtob Counties
South Metro - Salem: Clackamas, Marion, Polk, & Yamhill Counties
OSTA recently moved from 7 regions across Oregon to 13 regions, representing each of Oregon's STE(A)M Hubs. Based on this year's awards, for next year, there can be additional awards for teachers in these regions. Know someone who should receive recognition? Nominate them today.
For 2024, addition regions to be recognized.
Columbia Gorge: Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, & Wheeler Counties
East Metro: Multnomah County East of I-205
Frontier: Malhuer County
Lane: Lane County
Mid-Valley: Linn & Benton Counties
Oregon Coast: Clatsop, Coos, Curry, Lincoln & Tillamook Counties
Northwest: Clatskanie, Knappa, Rainier, Scappoose, St. Helens & Vernonia School Districts
Southern Oregon: Jefferson, Crook, Deschutes, & Harney Counties
PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE TEACHING
The Presidential Award is the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The following teachers have been selected as national and state finalists.
2023 State Finalists
Nominations are being accepted now for teachers of science in grades K-6. Nominate an outstanding science teacher here.