Help an Outstanding Science Teacher Stand Out


Teaching science to elementary, middle, and high school students can be a rewarding experience. It can motivate the next generation’s family physicians and Nobel Prize winners. It also can be worthy of an award.


Each year, the Texas Medical Association recognizes the hard work and dedication of teachers throughout the state with the Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Norma Burke, who teaches pre-AP biology at Early College High School in Houston, was 2018’s outstanding high school educator. “All students should have an opportunity to explore and feel wonder about what they are doing,” Ms Burke said. “My passion as a teacher is having students succeed not only in my classroom but in life.”

If you know a science teacher who deserves recognition, nominate him or her for a 2019 award before the Nov. 24 deadline. Nominees will be invited to complete an online application.

Winning teachers receive cash prizes, and their schools receive cash resource awards to enhance their science programs. First-place winners will receive their awards at a special ceremony during TexMed 2019, TMA’s annual conference and expo that will take place in May. During this ceremony, an overall winner also will be announced.

Since 1990, TMA has awarded more than $500,000 to 148 Texas teachers and provided science classroom awards to 86 schools.

Awards are made possible with a grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation, which is supported through an endowment generously established by Dr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Butler and gifts from physicians and their families.

For more information, email SciTeacherAward[at]texmed[dot]org.

Last Updated On

October 18, 2018

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