The Iowa Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Council, in partnership with Kemin Industries, has launched the fifth year of the I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award and will be accepting nominations through Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The award recognizes one full-time, licensed PreK-12 teacher from each of the six STEM regions across the state, for their passion in motivating their students to develop a lasting interest in STEM, both in and out of the classroom. The six teachers selected will each receive an award of $1,500, with an additional $1,500 for their classroom.

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and Kemin Industries are eager to begin the fifth year of recognizing outstanding Iowa STEM educators and hope to honor all recipients over the past five years in the spring of 2019. This fifth year also marks an exciting update to the nomination process, with the addition of preschool educators as eligible recipients.

“It’s inspirational to meet Iowa’s many STEM educators and hear about the amazing educational experiences they are providing students,” said Governor Kim Reynolds, STEM Council co-chair. “Today’s students are our future workforce and I’m thankful that so many STEM educators are dedicated to ensuring our students are well-prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. That’s why it’s so important for us to support our educators in every way possible.”

Anyone can nominate a teacher via through the deadline of Tuesday, Oct. 9. Once nominated, teachers will fill out an application to be assessed by a panel of judges who will select the six award recipients. Honorees will be announced in January 2019.

“We are thrilled to be recognizing the outstanding work and great efforts of Iowa’s STEM teachers for a fifth year,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, president and CEO of Kemin Industries. “Educators who instill an interest and engage students in STEM are so important. They open the next generation’s eyes to all the opportunities and potential careers that exist within STEM fields. At Kemin, STEM drives our work daily, and we’re excited to see teachers developing Iowans who are eager to work in these areas.”