Delaware’s ocean and coastal resources contribute significantly to the state’s environmental and economic well-being and to our quality of life.
In recognition of the critical importance in educating K-12 students about the ocean and coast, the University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, has initiated the Governor’s Marine Science Teacher-of-the-Year Award. It will be bestowed annually to an outstanding Delaware teacher who demonstrates a strong commitment to marine science education.
The winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) conference, the largest assembly of marine and aquatic science educators in the world. The winning teacher also will be recognized at Coast Day, the annual open house of the UD College of Marine Studies and Sea Grant College Program, and have the opportunity to share project ideas and teaching techniques through hands-on activities or exhibits. Additionally, a press release will be issued statewide to recognize the honoree, whose name will be recorded on plaques that will reside in the Governor’s Office and at the UD College of Marine Studies.
The winning teacher will be selected based on creativity, innovation, quality, and impact of activities presented to students. A committee knowledgeable about teacher performance and impact in the classroom will determine the winner. The committee will include representatives from the Governor’s Office, University of Delaware, Delaware Department of Education, and Delaware Teachers of Science.
The official nomination form may be downloaded from the UD Sea Grant College Program’s Web site at www.ocean.udel.edu/seagrant. Completed nomination forms must be postmarked to the University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program no later than Monday, April 22, 2002.
For more information, please contact the UD Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service at (302) 645-4346.