The South Dakota Science Teachers Association in conjunction with 3M, announces the 41th presentation of the Outstanding Physical Science Teacher Award in the state of South Dakota. The recipient of this award receives a plaque and a cash award to support their efforts to teach physical sciences with equipment or perhaps help to attend a conference or workshop. Sandra (Sandy) Biddle from Platte-Geddes School was the recipient of the 2018 South Dakota Outstanding Physical Science Teacher Award. This year the award will go to a teacher at a school in a larger population area with a teacher in a smaller population area being recognized next year. You are encouraged to submit nominations for this year regardless of your school’s size as nominations are saved and reviewed for several years.
Teachers in the areas of physical science, physics, chemistry, meteorology, and astronomy including grades 7-12, are eligible for the award. To apply, a nominee must submit:
- An application form
- An educational philosophy statement
- At least four recommendation forms (more if you wish) from
• A supervisor (principal or superintendent)
• A colleague (does not have to be teaching in the physical sciences)
• Two former students
It is important that the information on these forms be as detailed as possible to adequately evaluate each application/nomination. The forms should be returned by Wednesday, January 4, 2019 to the SDSU Physics Department, SDEH 255, Box 2222, Brookings, SD 57007. The recipient for the 2019 Outstanding Physical Science Teacher Award will be announced at the SD STEM Ed Conference (SD Science Teachers Association/SD Council of Teachers of Mathematics) meeting in Huron on February 7-9, 2019.