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.
Teacher of the Year Award Process
Nominations for the Teacher of the Year award closes on May 1. Nominees will be recognized as Local Teachers of the Year and be invited to apply for the National Teacher of the Year Award.
- 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.
- Local Teachers of the Year from the current and previous years are eligible to apply for National Teacher of the Year. Only one teacher will be selected for the national award.
- Institutions should identify an execllent teacher graduate from their institution and nominate them.
- If you are an eligible teacher, consider requesting that someone at your alma mater nominate you.
- PhysTEC will recognize each institution’s nominee as 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
- Three brief essay questions