2013 GIANTS Recipients pictured left to right: Amber McVey, Luella Stelck, Superintendent Tom Luna, Sandy Powell, Lt. Governor Brad Little, David Moon, and Carol Cox.
Lt. Governor Brad Little and Superintendent Tom Luna honored the state’s top educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics April 15 at the State Capital Governor’s office. The three teachers singled out for excellence were: Luella Stelck of West Park Elementary in the Moscow School District, David Moon of North Idaho STEM Academy in Rathdrum and Sandy Powell of Emmett High School in the Emmett School District. They each received $2,000 at the awards ceremony from the Governor’s Award for Notable Teaching in Science – also known as the GIANTS program. Two other teachers received honorable mentions. They were Amber McVey of Pepper Ridge Elementary in the Meridian School District and Carol Cox of Parma High School in the Parma School District. They each received $500.
Nominations came through school student councils and/or parent groups for emphasizing science as an "exciting, challenging and relevant" subject. Cash prizes went to each school/student council that nominated an award recipient. The GIANTS program was developed by the governor's office. It is sponsored by the Science and Technology Roundtable, which includes the Micron Foundation, Idaho Power Company, ICF Enterprises, USR, Idaho National Laboratory, and Hewlett-Packard, the Idaho State Department of Education, the Office of the State Board of Education and the Discovery Center of Idaho.
A coalition of Idaho´s leading industries is soliciting nominations for the 14th annual GIANTS Award that will recognize teachers who integrate real life applications of science and technology in their classrooms. We are seeking nominations for this award. Note: In secondary schools, nominations must be from student councils.
Nominations for 2014 are due by February 28, 2014. Information coming soon.
1. A copy of the nominated teacher´s resume that you are nominating. Each resume must include the following information:
2. A letter of support from your school´s principal. This letter should include or address:
3. Elementary: Two letters of support from the following:
Secondary: A letter from your student council demonstrating:
Submit five copies of your application materials arranged in the order listed above and send them to the State Department of Education, 650 W State Street, Boise, ID 83720 postmarked no later than February 28, 2014. Disclaimer: If any portion of the application is incomplete, the nomination will be void.
The governor will present the GIANTS award, which includes a $2,500 cash prize, to an elementary teacher, a middle school teacher, and a high school teacher in Idaho early in the spring of 2013. The nominating student council for all awardees will receive a cash stipend of $500.
Also, one teacher at the elementary, middle and high school will receive an Honorable Mention award. The teacher so recognized will receive a cash prize of $500 and the nominating student council will receive a $100 cash stipend.
GIANTS is proudly sponsored by the Governor's Office, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Micron Foundation, Washington Division of URS, Hewlett-Packard Company, Idaho Power, LCF Enterprises, Discovery Center of Idaho, Idaho State Department of Education, Idaho State Board of Education, and the Idaho Commerce and Labor's Office of Science and Technology
If you have any questions as you prepare your school´s application, please feel free to contact Scott Smith via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, Marilyn Allen at email@example.com or via phone at (208) 332-6974. We look forward to receiving your school´s nomination for GIANTS and the opportunity to recognize the teachers who are making science education in Idaho real and exciting!