Outstanding Biology Teacher Award

Every year, the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA) program attempts to recognize an outstanding biology educator (grades 7-12 only) in each of the 50 states, Washington D.C., Canada, Puerto Rico, and overseas territories. Candidates for this award do not have to be members of the National Association of Biology Teachers, but they must have at least three years of public, private, or parochial school teaching experience.

A major portion of the nominee's career must have been devoted to the teaching of biology/life science, and candidates are judged on their teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, inventiveness, initiative, and student-teacher relationships. OBTA recipients are special guests at the Honors Luncheon held at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and they receive gift certificates from Carolina Biological Supply Company, resources from other sponsors, award certificates, and a complimentary one-year membership from NABT.

Nominations are open now!


Following the nomination, the nominee will be sent all the information, application materials, and cover sheets he or she needs to apply for the award. Applications and videos must be submitted by April 1, 2018.

The awardee will be notified by June 1, 2018.

Region VII: Oklahoma OBTA Director

Benton Shriver