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Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching

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Jason Latimer, the impossible science educator
through curiosity and wonder will be speaking at CAST 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM


CAST 2016

Thursday, November 10 - 12, 2016
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

San Antonio, Texas




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Texas Medical Association is giving away $28,500 in CASH prizes!  Please help us to spread the word!  Three Texas science teachers will each receive $5,000 and an all-expense paid trip to TMA’s annual conference for the presentation ceremony in May 2017 in Houston!  Their schools will receive a $2,000 award to use toward their science classroom curriculum! In addition, second-place winners will each receive a $1,500 award and $1,000 for their classrooms!


Each year, TMA’s Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching recognizes and rewards schoolteachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels who share their energy and enthusiasm for science with their students.  We do this because innovative teaching supports the basic premise of medicine, that of healthcare having a scientific foundation.


Who’s eligible?  All Texas state-certified, full-time public and private school science teachers with a minimum of two years’ completed classroom experience who will return to teach during the 2017-18 school year are eligible.  All areas of science are welcome.


To nominate science teachers or to apply, visit our Web site at, where you will find more information and the appropriate forms.  The deadline for nominations is Nov. 18 and for applications is Dec. 16.  (All nominees will receive an email from TMA asking them to complete an application.)


Together let’s make sure Texas science teachers are well represented!  Nominate or apply today!


Questions?  Contact Gail Schatte at TMA at (800) 880-1300, 1600, or (512) 370-1600, or



Ten Texas teachers named finalists

for 2016 presidential award in math and science

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that ten teachers from across Texas have been named finalists for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The 2016 awards recognize kindergarten through sixth grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom. It is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States.

"Texans need look no further than the math and science classrooms across our state to witness the outstanding work being carried out by teachers each school day," said Commissioner Morath. "These ten finalists reflect the very best in innovative instruction and I congratulate each of them on this national recognition."

The 2016 Texas finalists in elementary mathematics are:

  • Deborah Cunningham (Garland ISD) – Fourth grade mathematics and science teacher at John W. Armstrong Elementary School
  • Ashley Dodson (Allen ISD) – Second grade teacher at Beverly Cheatham Elementary School
  • Robert Rivera (Brownsville ISD) – Sixth grade mathematics teacher at Harry Lee Faulk Middle School
  • Misty Ruth (Pasadena ISD) – Kindergarten teacher at Adella Young Elementary School
  • Deborah Swyers (Round Rock ISD) – Third grade mathematics teacher at Elsa England Elementary School

The Texas finalists in elementary science are:

  • Rubi deHoyos (Northside ISD) – Kindergarten-fifth grade science teacher at Jim G. Martin Elementary School in San Antonio
  • Kirk Evans (Allen ISD) Fifth grade science teacher at David and Lynda Olson Elementary School
  • Denise Koontz (Keller ISD) – Fifth grade science teacher at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School
  • Andrea Miller (Mesquite ISD) Fifth grade science teacher at B.J. Smith Elementary School
  • Kelly Spradley (Little Elm ISD) Fifth grade science teacher at D.H. Brent Elementary School

To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher first must be nominated or apply for the award. A state panel of master teachers, content specialists, and administrators reviewed the applications and chose the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for national awardee status.

After the initial selection process at the state or territorial level, a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators may select up to two teachers from each state and U.S. jurisdiction for the national award.  PAEMST winners receive $10,000, a citation signed by the President of the United States, and a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend recognition events and professional development opportunities. In addition, all of the 2016 finalists for Texas will also be recognized by the State Board of Education.

The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. For additional information about the PAEMST program, visit


BENEFITS for Science Teachers Association of Texas Members Only!

-      Access to CAST Handouts

-      CAST Scholarships for Teachers, Administrators and Pre-Service Teachers

-      Mentorship Program

-      Quarterly Newsletter, the STATellite

-      Online community discussion groups

-      First notice for CAST housing and CAST registration

-      Science Teacher of the Year Awards with CASH prizes

-      STATFlash news alerts including legislative news and teacher opportunities

-      Representation at the State Legislature and SBOE

-      Create your own science blog

-      Receive offers, news and science teacher information through the online STAT members only news feed

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