Initial Publication Date: December 12, 2013 | Revision: March 22, 2024

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award

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The Award

Nominations are due March 1

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) awards are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level." Any teacher or other K-12 educator who covers a significant amount of earth science content with their students is eligible. Ten national finalists are selected, one from each NAGT regional section. Some sections also recognize state/province winners. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for the award.

The Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards program was adopted by NAGT in 1971. Devised to honor pre-college teachers of earth science, the program has the following specific objectives:

  • Identify excellence in teaching
  • Appropriately recognize and reward excellence in teaching
  • Stimulate higher levels of teaching performance
  • Establish NAGT as a strong support organization for pre-college education, and
  • Via active statewide and sectional programs, build a solid state, regional, and national liaison with administrators of pre-college earth science education.

OEST State and Section winners are strongly encouraged to take an active role in NAGT, NESTA, and all other organizations that support the OEST Award Program.

Learn more about what Section winners receive

Learn more about what state/province winners receive

Award Recipients

2023 Section & State/Province Recipients

Read bios for the 2023 Section and State/Province Winners.

Section Winners

  • Central Section: Kate Krischke-Grobart
  • Eastern Section: David R. Amidon
  • Far Western Section: No Award in 2023
  • Midcontinent Section: No Award in 2023
  • New England Section: Sarah F. Faulkner
  • North Central Section: No Award in 2023
  • Pacific Northwest Section: Hillary Brown
  • Southeastern Section: Tammie Hodnett Marlow
  • Southwest Section: No Award in 2023
  • Texas Section: No Award in 2023

State/Province Winners

  • Alabama: Scott Coonfare
  • Florida: Katherine Stoltz
  • Georgia: Nicole Marte
  • Indiana: Jon Schrage
  • Iowa: Mallory Wills-Howe
  • Louisiana: Lacey Hoosier
  • Minnesota: Melissa (Missie) Olson
  • Michigan: Andy Epton
  • Mississippi: Tammie Hodnett Marlow
  • New Hampshire: Michele Cusack
  • New York: Joseph C. Perry
  • North Carolina: Charlene Horton
  • South Carolina: Amy Umberger
  • Tennessee: Gregory Smith

View all past OEST Section and state/province recipients.

Make a Nomination

To nominate a teacher for this award, please complete the online nomination form associated with the nominee's Section, linked below. You can find information on which section you live in by checking out the Regional Sections. Nominations are due by March 1st. Nominations may be submitted at any time during the year.

Nominations will be reviewed by the NAGT OEST Section Committees using this rubric and set of criteria (Acrobat (PDF) 50kB Mar22 24).

Nomination Forms and Contact for Each Section

When a Section does not have an OEST Coordinator, the OEST Committee Chair is the acting contact for that Section.


OEST Committee Chair: Meghan Cook

NAGT Executive Office