Teacher Excellence Award

    Excellence in High School Teaching of Chemistry Award

    Purpose:  To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry or a chemical science in the Chicago section.

    Amount of Award: $1000.00, a framed certificate, and membership for one year in the American Association of Chemistry Teachers.

    Who May Nominate:  Any individual, except a currently enrolled student of the nominee or a member of the award selection committee, may submit one nomination in any given year.  The awardee should recently (within the last two years) have taught chemistry at an area high school. 

    Required components of Nomination Portfolio:

      • The Awards Committee will consider only complete nomination portfolios.
      • A complete portfolio shall consist of
      • Nomination Information Form;  (online) or nomination letter (pdf);
      • Recommendation Letter(s) of not more than 750 words submitted on behalf of the nominee according to the Guidelines for Recommendation Letter (shown below). This must be submitted directly to the chair of the awards committee.
      • A current curriculum vitae or resume that includes a list of the nominee’s honors, professional activities, and additional evidence of service to the profession; NOTE: This must be limited to no more than two pages and the activities listed must have occurred within the past five years.

    Instructions: Submit nominations to the chair of the Awards committee by e-mail (send to [email protected] with the subject line denoting “High School Excellence Award Nomination”) by June 1 of the year that the award is to be given.  Please include your name, phone number, and email address.  Alternatively, you may submit the nomination online using the link above.

    A nomination may be initiated by completing the Nomination information form and CV.  The Awards committee will request recommendation letter(s) from highly qualified candidates.

    Presentation of Award: The award will be given by the section at the Chicago section’s Education Night.  We would also be happy to present the award at the winner’s school.

    Recognition of Prior winners

    Guidelines for Recommendation Letter(s)

    Submit a statement of not more than 750 words that describes and/or comments upon one or more of the following:

    • The quality of the nominee’s teaching. Unusually effective methods of presentation should be emphasized;
    • The nominee’s ability to challenge and inspire students; some commentary on student reaction to the work of the nominee should be included for a well-rounded portfolio;
    • Extracurricular work in chemistry or a chemical science by the nominee, including science fairs, science clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of young people in chemistry and related sciences;
    • A willingness to keep up-to-date in the field, as evidenced by the pursuit of a higher degree in chemistry or a chemical science, enrollment in refresher courses and summer institutes, regular attendance at scientific meetings, membership in professional organizations, and other means of self-improvement;
    • Evidence of leadership and/or active involvement within the profession; and
    • Evidence of chemical safety


    Recommendation letters should include contact information for the recommender and indicate the relationship (peer, supervisor, former student, etc) of the recommender to the nominee.