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ASTA Awards

Click Here for the 2024 Nomination Form 

The Alabama Science Teachers Association presents $1,000 awards to outstanding

Alabama science teachers at its annual Conference in these categories:


  • Outstanding Elementary Science Teacher (grades K-5),
  • Outstanding Middle School Science Teacher (grades 6-8)
  • Outstanding High School Science Teacher (grades 9-12)

The Fannie Mae Nelson Teacher of Promise is awarded to an outstanding K-12 science teacher who has less than three years of teaching experience and carries a cash award of $500.


All members of ASTA are encouraged to submit nominations for these awards. Nominees must be full-time classroom teachers and current members of ASTA. Members of ASTA’s Executive Board, District Directors, or previous recipients of the Outstanding Elementary, Middle, or High School Awards are not eligible for consideration. Previous recipients of the Teacher of Promise Award may be nominated for one of the other awards.


If you wish to make a nomination for this program, please fill out the form linked above.  Applicants are able to self-nominate if they choose.


Nomination packets are accepted from September 10, 2023 through November 8, 2023. 


General questions concerning nominations may be directed to the Award Chair Amber Smalley (, Julie Neidhart (jneidhar@mcpss.comor ASTA President Mary Busbee  (

Alabama Science Teachers Association 

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Birmingham, AL 35216

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