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Elementary Science Teaching Award
(K - 6)

Anton Banko Award for Excellence in Elementary Science Teaching

Award Winner 2023

Mrs. Katelyn Bala

Second-grade Teacher,

Lowville Elementary School
Lowville, NY

This Award honors Anton Banko (1927-1986), an engineer who developed the first automated instruments and procedures used for intraoccular microsurgery. In 1968, he founded Surgical Design Corporation ( a company dedicated to innovation in the design of ophthalmic instruments. The technologies and procedures he pioneered are still used by surgeons today.

Anton Banko Award:

The Anton Banko Award recognizes an educator who teaches grades K-6 who is an outstanding teacher of science. The award covers expenses (up to $1500) to attend the STANYS annual conference and provides a $1500 stipend to be used at the teacher's discretion. The award will be presented at the STANYS conference in November.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Member of STANYS (membership forms are available at
  2. Currently teach Kindergarten through 6th grade.
  3. Demonstrated ability to engage young children in the study of basic science.

Application Process

The Nomination Form should be submitted and approved before an Application is submitted. 

After the nomination is approved the applicant/candidate should address the Application Form and Award Information file (application, basic information and criteria for judging) 

Application deadline July 15th of the next Annual Conference year.

Contact Information:
PO Box 2121
Liverpool, NY 13089-2121


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