The Dee Howard Foundation, an organization that works to grow aviation and aerospace education within STEM curriculums in underserved areas of the San Antonio community, is accepting nominations for an award recognizing excellence in STEM education.

In its second year, the Dee Howard Foundation STEM Education Excellence Award recognizes exceptional STEM teachers or administrators in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Last year, the foundation accepted nominations for middle school educators and ultimately chose teacher Randall Ohman from Judson STEM Academy as the inaugural winner.

Ohman, a sixth-grade teacher, facilitated Judson’s JSTEM SmartLab, in which the entire sixth grade learned about engineering and applied technologies. He also coached the school’s robotics teams and mentored students in STEM competitions.

This year’s awards will focus on Bexar County educators in elementary schools with high-need students.

Qualifications include teaching or overseeing a STEM program at a qualifying elementary school and being a respected educator in the community.

The winner will be announced in January and will be honored at the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame 2019 Awards Dinner in April. The Dee Howard Foundation will grant $1,000 to the winner’s school to fund a field trip.

Principals can nominate an educator for the prize with the completion of a nomination form and recommendation letter. Nominations are due by Dec. 1.

Emily Donaldson reports on education for the San Antonio Report.