Rebecca Koza, a science teacher at The Arts Based School, has been awarded the National Science Teachers Association’s Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers.
NSTA, the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning, recently announced the recipients of its 2013 Teacher Awards Program, which honors K–12 teachers, professors, principals, and other educators for their outstanding achievement and innovative programs in science education.
Koza received her award last month at a special banquet and ceremony at NSTA’s 61st National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio, Texas. The Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers provides selected K-12 teachers (up to 25) in their first five years of teaching with funds to attend the annual national conference. Award recipients are mentored, tracked, and provided with continuing opportunities for meaningful involvement with NSTA and its activities.
“NSTA awardees represent the best and brightest in science education,” said NSTA President Dr. Karen L. Ostlund. “We congratulate Ms. Koza for her lifelong commitment to science education and for her innovative and creative approach to teaching our students science.”
NSTA encourages science educators to apply for its 2014 teacher awards. Applications and information can be found online at http://www.nsta.org/about/awards.aspx.