RMS Teacher of the Year
About the Award
The RMS-AAPG each year chooses a K-12 teacher of earth and resource science to represent the section in a competition held by the American Association of Geologists where the winner of the national Excellence in Teaching Award personally receives $3,000 and the winner’s school receives $3,000. In addition, the winner gets an expense-paid trip to the annual AAPG meeting to receive the award.
To qualify for the section award, a teacher needs to be nominated by their local affiliated geological society. So the first step is to go to the Affiliated Societies page and choose the society that represents your area. The society can then inform the teacher of that society’s requirements for competition.
If the teacher wins the local competition, his or her name is then submitted to the section for evaluation. A complete set of rules and forms for the national competition, found at http://foundation.aapg.org/toty/index.cfm, are required for the competition both at the section and national levels. In addition to the cash award at the national level, both the section and most affiliated societies also provide a cash bonus to go with their awards.
The RMS-AAPG is pleased to have had half of all of the national AAPG winners come from the section in the last 14 years. This is possible only because the local affiliated societies actively search for, select and provide highly qualified nominees from their areas.
|2014||Jacqueline D. Bath*||Thunder Ridge High School||Highlands Ranch, CO||RMAG|
|2013||Debra K. Stiles||Capital High School||Helena, MT||MGS|
|2012||Denece Lord||Billings West High School||Billings, MT||MGS|
|2011||Jonna Gentry*||Green Mountain High School||Lakewood, CO||RMAG|
|2010||No candidates submitted|
|2009||Ty Robinson*||Provo High School||Provo, UT||UGA|
|2008||Mary Fitts*||Sierra Middle School||Parker, CO||RMAG|
|2007||Candace Penrod||Hillside Middle School||Salt Lake City, UT||UGA|
|2006||Jim Schultz*||Helena High School||Helena, MT||MGS|
|2005||Cheryl Mosier||Columbine High School||Littleton, CO||RMAG|
|2004||William Christiansen||East High School||Salt Lake City, UT||UGA|
|2003||Amy John*||Tse Bit Ai Middle School||Shiprock, NM||NMGS|
|2002||Rebecca Kerr||Heights Middle School||Farmington, NM||NMGS|
|2001||John McKinney*||Castle Rock Middle School||Castle Rock, CO||RMAG|
* also went on to be awarded the National