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Outstanding Biology Teacher Award
Sponsored by Prentice Hall

2014 OBTA-MS Will Dyson


Each year, the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), through its Outstanding Biology Teacher Awards (OBTA), attempts to identify an excellent biology instructor in each of the 50 U.S. states; Canada; Washington, DC; Puerto Rico; and overseas territories. Nominations of worthy candidates by NABT members and friends help us to recognize those individuals whose outstanding work in the classroom qualifies them for this award.

Prentice Hall, the OBTA program sponsor, gives each awardee a gift, and Leica Micro- systems awards microscopes to the recipients. Ken-A-Vision is giving the Video Flex Camera Systems. Award winners and their schools also receive certificates, as well as public and professional recognition. Each year, NABT honors Outstanding Biology Teacher Award recipients at a special ceremony in conjunction with its national convention.

Who Is Eligible? Current biology/life science instructors (grades 7-12) with at least three years public, private, or parochial school teaching experience. A major portion of the nominee's career must have been devoted to the teaching of biology/life science. NABT membership is not a requirement. Unsuccessful candidates may be renominated; OBTA winners are ineligible for 10 years after selection.

What Is the Process? Candidates will complete a form summarizing their professional experience, academic background, and educational philosophy and provide four recommendations from colleagues familiar with their teaching effectiveness. Classroom observations and/or videotapes are important steps in the evaluation process.

Who Can Make Nominations? Colleagues, administrators, students, the teacher/candidates themselves, or anyone competent to judge the candidateíís teaching effectiveness.

What Are the Criteria? Teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, inventiveness, initiative and student-teacher relationships.

How Do I Participate? You may have someone nominate you or nominate yourself.

Fill in the nomination form (click link) which is emailed directly to Abigail Warden, OBTA Director- Mississippi

Nomination deadline is February 1.