STANYS Excellence in Teaching Award

STANYS Excellence in Science Teaching Award

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 Conference with hotel and conference registration covered by STANYS.

The award will be 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 2016
Elementary (K-6)
see Anton Banko Award for Elementary Science
High School
Christina Calarco-Lukins -Auburn High School, Central Section
Todd Pagano - Rochester Institute of Technology

A STANYS Award  Nomination Form should be submitted and approved before an Application is submitted.

Applying for the STANYS Excellence in Science Teaching Award

To qualify for this award, Excellent in Science Teaching Award Application must be submitted by JUNE 30th.

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 the success of
2 Professional Evidence of teacher as a learner and leader in the science teaching field.

     14 = Total number of points.

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