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Excellence in Science Teaching Awards

Teachers whose careers exemplify STANYS’s mission receive the STANYS Excellence in Science Teaching Award at the Annual Conference. Their work showcases excellence in teaching, leading, and providing opportunities for all students to participate in and learn science.

Each awardee will be invited to the November STANYS Annual Conference with hotel and conference registration covered by STANYS.

The award is presented at the Awards Ceremony on the first night of the conference at the general meeting prior to the Key Note Speaker.

Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients 2022
Elementary (K-6)

see Anton Banko Award for Elementary Science

Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients 2022

David Amidon

LaFayette Jr./Sr. High School
LaFayette, New York

Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients 2022

High School

Martin Palermo
William Floyd High School
William Floyd School District

No Award for 2022

Application Process


The Nomination Form should be submitted by before May 15 of the next Annual Conference year and approved before an Application is submitted. A nomination can be by a colleague, Administrator or by an individual.

After the nomination is approved the applicant/candidate should address the Application.

STANYS Excellence in Science Teaching Award Application
To qualify for this award the Excellence in Science Teaching Award Application must be submitted with the following information by July 15 of the next Annual Conference year to:
Dr. Helen Pashley, Awards Chair, 9 Andre Lane, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567.

Written Application Overview

I. Philosophy of Science Teaching
Describe your vision of what constitutes excellence in science teaching and learning.

II. Implementation of Philosophy of Science Teaching
Describe how you attempt to make your philosophy a reality. For example, you may describe your approaches in teaching sample lessons or units, projects, videos, special programs, community services, etc.

III. Effectiveness of the Philosophy
Provide evidence to demonstrate your success in implementing your philosophy. Evidence could include, but is not limited to, activities such as: sample student work, videos, pictures, slides, newspaper articles, published work, and letters of support from people such as students, parents, colleagues, administrators, supervisors, etc.

IV. Professional Involvement
Describe professional activities in which you have been involved in the past three years. Activities could include, but are not limited to:

  •  Workshops (attended and/or given)
  •  Published materials
  •  Courses/seminars/staff development (attended and/or taught)
  •  Conferences (attended and/or planned)
  •  Offices held in professional organizations
    1. Awards or Honors
    2. Grants
Scoring Guide
2 Philosophy Does it reflect the mission of STANYS?
5 Implementation Effectiveness of strategies to meet the philosophy.
5 Effectiveness Quality and variety of evidence that illustrates successful outcomes
2 Professionalism Evidence of teacher as a learner and leader in the science teaching field.

14 = Total number of points.

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


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