Nominations Open for Iowa STEM Teacher Award

Group picture of 2021 Teacher Awardees at STEM Day at the Fair.
The 2021 Iowa STEM Teacher Awardees were honored at STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair.

The STEM Council is partnering with Kemin Industries for the eighth year of the Iowa STEM Teacher Award. Nominations opened August 22, 2021, and will be accepted through Sunday, October 10, 2021.

The Iowa STEM Teacher Award recognizes one full-time, licensed PreK-12 teacher from each of the six Iowa STEM regions for their passion in motivating their students to develop a lifelong interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in and out of the classroom. The six teachers selected will each receive an award of $1,500 for their classrooms, with an additional $1,500 for personal use. 

“Iowa’s future engineers, technologists, actuaries, chemists and algebra teachers are today’s students in the classrooms and care of educators who hold their lives and our future economy in their hands” said Jeff Weld, executive director of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “We all owe a debt of gratitude to outstanding STEM teachers who inspire our young to pursue these high-demand careers.”

Any individual can nominate a teacher by visiting and completing the nomination form. Following the nomination, teachers will fill out an application that will be reviewed by a panel of judges. An award recipient from each of the six STEM regions will be announced in January 2022.

“Kemin Industries is honored to sponsor the eighth annual Iowa STEM Teacher Award,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, president and CEO of Kemin Industries. “Iowa educators make a difference, both for their students and for our future. We see the results of their tremendous efforts each day at Kemin and look forward to showing our appreciation for their passion.”


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