Inspiring Teacher Awards
Now in its sixth year, the Inspiring Teacher Awards honors the seven astronauts tragically lost in the Challenger space shuttle accident by recognizing seven teachers who are inspiring the future generation of STEM professionals. This year’s program will take place on Thursday, January 27, 2022.
Nominate Your Teacher (current or former)
Current or former students whose teacher inspired them to pursue a STEM career can submit a nomination here. Past recipients have included elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators whose students have gone on to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology, and other STEM-related fields.
Nomination Form must be filled out by the student who is nominating the teacher.
Companies, organizations, and individuals – show your support for educators in the St. Louis region by becoming a sponsor of the 2022 Inspiring Teacher Awards. Information about the event and teacher nomination opportunities will be shared with public and private schools and universities throughout the region.
Last year, our event featured astronaut Bob Behnken as our keynote speaker and over 200 individuals who tuned into the virtual event.
The Inspiring Teacher Awards pays tribute to the Challenger crew and recognize teachers who seek to continue the mission of inspiring the future generation of explorers and innovators. Each year, the Awards honor seven teachers, each nominated by a current or former student whom they inspired to pursue a career path in STEM.
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2021 Inspiring Teacher Award
You can view last year’s event here: 2021 Inspiring Teacher Awards
These seven educators were selected as last year’s Inspiring Teacher Award recipients:
Julie Haddock, St. Joseph’s Academy
Nominated by Anna McAtee, B.S. Environmental Science, B.A. Biology, Regis University
Christina Hwande, Captain Elementary School
Nominated by Tiffany Wysong, Geology/ Metallurgical Engineering student, Missouri S&T
Jennifer Martin, Saint Dominic High School
Nominated by Evelyn Monzyk, student, Parkway Central Middle School
Brenda Schnettler, McCluer North High School
Nominated by Brooke Strautmann, Senior, McCluer North High School
Lisa Shipley, Green Trails Elementary
Nominated by Mireia Carbonell Martinez, 5th grade student, Green Trails Elementary
Venus D. Spain, Cardinal Ritter Prep
Nominated by Holly Penny, Microbiologist, Vi-Jon
Sarah Winstead, STEAM Academy At McCluer South Berkeley
Nominated by Key’Mon Jenkins, Senior at STEAM Academy
Employee Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis
Emerson Charitable Trust
Clark-Fox Family Foundation
Express Scripts Foundation
Albrecht Family Foundation
The Saigh Foundation
Missouri Space Grant Consortium