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PhysTEC Teacher of the Year

PhysTEC’s Teacher of the Year award celebrates outstanding efforts in physics teaching at both the national and local levels. Rewarding exemplary physics teachers gives them deserved recognition and gives credit to their work and success, their school, and their alma mater’s teacher education program.

Recognizing an exceptional teacher can keep them in contact with their physics teacher education program, allowing them to interact with current program students and leaders for mutual benefit.

How are PhysTEC Teacher of the Year Awardees Recognized?

PhysTEC recognizes a National Teacher of the Year and several Local Teachers of the Year annually. All winners receive:

  • a certificate of recognition,
  • recognition letters sent to their school and district administrators, PhysTEC-member institution (i.e. where they were trained to teach), and other local media as requested, and
  • reduced registration for the next national AAPT and PhysTEC Conferences.

In addition, the National Teacher of the Year will receive:

  • an invitation to speak at and travel funding to attend the following AAPT Meeting and the next PhysTEC Conference, and
  • a classroom materials grant of $1,000.

Your nominees are exemplary teachers. In addition to PhysTEC’s recognition of them, consider inviting your nominees to speak at department seminars, have lunch with your students, or share their experiences at regional physics education meetings. Funding through AAPT mini grants can support these efforts.

Your nominees are exemplary teachers. In addition to PhysTEC’s recognition of them,  consider inviting your nominees to speak at department seminars, have lunch with your students, or share their experiences at regional physics education meetings. Funding through AAPT mini grants can support these efforts.

Teacher of the Year Award Process

Nominations will begin in early Spring of 2021. Local Teachers of the Year will be selected in mid-May and may then apply to become the National Teacher of the Year.

Eligibility:

  • The teacher must be nominated by a PhysTEC member institution. Apply to become one!
  • The teacher must be a graduate of the nominating institution
  • The teacher must be an active high school science teacher with at least three years of experience in physics teaching.

The Two-Step Process:

Teacher of the Year nomination from PhysTEC Members:

  • Institutions should identify eligible candidates from their institution and nominate them via this form
  • If you are an eligible teacher, consider requesting that someone at your alma mater nominate you.
  • PhysTEC will select one winner from each institution to be a Local Teacher of the Year. Each of these winners will be invited to apply for the National Teacher of the Year award.

Application for National Teacher of the Year:

To be considered for the national award, Local Teachers of the Year must complete an application form that consists of:

  • Nominating institution letter of support
  • School/district supervisor letter of support
  • Professional resume/CV, and
  • Three brief essay questions

Only Local Teachers of the Year from the current and previous year are eligible to apply for National Teacher of the Year. Only one teacher will be selected for the National award.

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