Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching

  • What's at Stake in 2021?  $62,000

    Each year, TMA's Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching recognizes and rewards schoolteachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. These teachers share their energy and enthusiasm for science with their students every day; thereby sparking students' interest in science. TMA is now accepting nominations and self-nominations for 2021 and is excited to announce new award levels.

    Grand Prize for one TX science teacher will receive $20,000 plus a $5,000 resource grant for their school science curriculum.

    Three Distinguished Awards each receive $7,000 and another $3,000 for their schools.

    One Rookie Award of $5,000 plus $2,000 for their school is awarded to those teaching less than seven years.

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  • Celebrate Great Science Teachers

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    Who's eligible? 

    • Texas full-time public and private school science teachers with a minimum or two years' completed classroom experience.
    • Teachers must be returning to teach in a Texas classroom during the 2021-22 school year. 
    • All areas of science are welcome.

    Check back to send us your nominees for outstanding science teachers or self-nominate this summer.

    Are you a science teacher? We want to hear from you. Please take this short survey, click here.

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  • TMA Honors Excellence in Science Teaching

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    TMA continues to receive an outstanding number of nominations and applications for this distinguished award program. The Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching receives more than 300 nominations and 150 applications annually.

    About the Award 

  • Recognizing Excellence

    These awards were created in 1990 to honor elementary, middle, and high school teachers who share their energy and enthusiasm for science through creative and innovative methods to cultivate student interest in medicine and science.

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