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NSTA Announces Recipients of its Teacher Awards Program

Arlington, Va. — The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announced the winners of the 2017 NSTA Teacher Awards program, which honors K–12 teachers, principals, professors and other science education professionals for their outstanding work and achievement in science education. The awards will be presented at a special banquet and ceremony on Friday, March 31, 2017, at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles, California.

NSTA will present its highest and most prestigious award, the Robert H. Carleton Award for National Leadership in the Field of Science Education, to Edward P. Ortleb. The Robert H. Carleton Award, which is partially sponsored by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation, recognizes one individual who has made outstanding contributions to, and provided leadership in, science education at the national level and to NSTA in particular.

Ortleb’s academic background covers science education at all levels, which has given him the platform upon which to develop a successful career spanning more than six decades, including classroom teaching at the primary and intermediate levels, model teaching, curriculum leadership roles, university faculty member, author, workshop presenter, and science education consultant. His writing includes more than 100 publications for teachers and students, along with eight science research articles that he authored or co-authored that appeared in juried publications.

An NSTA life member since 1963, Ortleb has served as the association’s 1978-79 president, as well as a district director and a national conference chairperson. He has held prominent leadership positions in other science education organizations, including the National Science Supervisors Association and the Science Teachers of Missouri. Ortleb has received several awards and has been recognized for his skills and dedication by numerous organizations. As a strong leader locally and regionally, Ortleb’s work is exemplified by his many contributions to community service-oriented organizations.

For the complete list of teachers honored, visit www.nsta.org/about/pressroom.aspx.

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