About the Program
Established in 1990, TMA’s annual award recognizes and provides cash awards to outstanding science teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels. These teachers are honored for the valuable role they play in promoting scientific literacy and education and for cultivating interest among students for careers in science and medicine. The teachers’ schools also receive a grant to enhance their science curriculum.
TMA’s Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching is an effective strategy in improving scientific literary because it recognizes outstanding teachers in a meaningful way and provides them the resources they need to continue their innovative techniques in the classroom.
In 1998, Dr. Ernest and Sarah Butler of Austin established an endowment dedicated to the Science Teacher Awards program. Over the years, it has provided steady income to support this initiative and has inspired hundreds of additional TMA and TMA Alliance members to donate to the program over the years as well.
The need for a scientifically curious and literate population is crucial, as Texans are faced with complex and important health care decisions and must be able to evaluate the wide range of health and medical information available to them.
Join the TMAF Science Booster Club
Give more Texas youth the innovative, hand-on science education they need by becoming a member of the TMAF Science Booster Club with a gift of $500 or more to this TMA program.
With a gift of $1,000 or more, you will be invited to the special awards luncheon held during TMA’s TexMed meeting, where the top winning teachers are recognized.
TMA has significantly expanded the program, which means we need to raise an additional $33,000 each year to fund this outreach. Thank you for being part of this BOOST we are giving to excellence in science teaching and to the schools of the winning teachers!
Your donation, at a level that is meaningful to you, also will be meaningful to the winning teachers and their students who will benefit from your generosity.
If you wish to donate to a different TMA Foundation funded program, please go to our Annual Campaign donation page for more program options.
8th Grade Science Teacher
Benold Middle School, Georgetown
Read how this 2016-2017 TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching winner engages her students' interest in science!