Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Program

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The Award

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 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.

You should expect to receive these perks over the months following the announcement of the award winners. In addition to the awards listed above, awardees receive a complimentary luncheon ticket to the GSA Award Luncheon, if attending the GSA Connects Annual Meeting. Recipient information will also be published in the fall edition of In The Trenches.

Award Recipients

2020 Section & State Recipients

Read bios for the 2020 Section and State Winners.

Section Winners

  • Central Section: Anthony Thomas
  • Eastern Section: Bonnie Keller
  • Far Western Section: No Award in 2020
  • Midcontinent Section: Angie Nelson
  • New England Section: Tara O'Brien
  • North Central Section: Spencer Cody
  • Pacific Northwest Section: Steve Tebor
  • Southeastern Section: Covey Denton
  • Southwest Section: Rachel Arbor
  • Texas Section: No Award in 2020

State Winners

  • Alabama: Katy Montgomery Souder
  • Florida: Zane Hurley
  • Georgia: R. Scott Harris
  • Kentucky: Cayeann Cowan
  • Louisiana: Garrah Leshe
  • Mississippi: Emily Dill
  • New York: Kevin Nohejl
  • North Carolina: Covey Denton
  • Pennsylvania: Donna Kertis
  • South Carolina: Heidi Haug
  • Tennessee: Kari Hughes
  • Virginia: Kristina Brody
  • West Virginia: Alicen Adkins

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.

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 Sections Page. Nominations are due by March 31st.

Nomination Forms and Contact Info for Each Section

Nominations may be submitted at any time during the year.

National Program Contact:

Mike Passow