Cheryl Cowan Award

Member Login

Log in

Cheryl Cowan Memorial Award
for Innovative Elementary Science Teaching

Past Recipients

2014 -  Aaron Pickett

2013 -  Douglas Hunnings, Becky Mitcheltree

2003 -  Jim Dettmer

2001 -  Stacy Bell

2000 -  Stacey Smith

1998 -  Erik Haberkorn 

1999 -  Julie Hays

This award is presented to an outstanding elementary science teacher who exhibits the passion for the innovative science teaching that exemplified Cheryl Cowan's teaching career. The Cheryl Cowan Memorial Award is awarded annually by the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc.

In addition to the honor of being selected for this prestigious award, HASTI will present a cash award of $100.00, a one-year HASTI membership, and a recognition plaque to the recipient.

Nominees must be full-time certified classroom teachers in a pre-school or elementary classroom in the state of Indiana. The nominee may, but is not required, to be a current HASTI member.

Teachers may self-nominate for this award


HASTI recognizes outstanding Hoosier science educators who are innovators in their classrooms.   All recipients will be recognized at the HASTI Annual State Conference at the Awards Banquet in February 2020.

Follow the directions below to ensure that applications are complete.  All applications must be submitted by November 30, 2020

Components for Awards

Section 1 – Complete Part 1 of the on-line awards application registration process.  Nomination Link

Submit the following sections using either Word Document or PDF to the Awards Manager (

Section 2 - 

  • A short (250 word or less) explanation of why your nominee deserves the award including an example of your nominee’s exemplary science teaching.

Section 3 - Lesson/Unit Plan.

            - The submission should be from an original or modified existing lesson or unit that the nominee has taught and that reflects his/her educational philosophy based on grade level Indiana Science Standards.  The original or modified existing lesson or unit plan should be teacher generated and utilize effective science practices to meet the diversity of students in the nominee’s classroom

Section 3 – Educational Philosophy

            Describe how the lesson/unit plan submitted reflects the nominee’s educational philosophy. Provide a reflection based on the nominee’s experience teaching the lesson/unit. The reflection should include both the successes and challenges you experienced with students. Additionally, you may wish to include how your educational philosophy impacts your current teaching assignment. Limit – 3-4 pages.  Photographs may be included in this section. Please Note that pictures are limited to no more than 3 pictures.

Section 4 – Vita

            This section incudes the nominee’s brief work history, honors or recognition received, or examples of leadership within profession, professional activities, and publications.


 Section 5 - Photo

            Include one photo of the nominee.  This photo will be used for publicity should the nominee be selected as the awardee.

Section 6 – Two supporting letters from administrators, student or parent, and/or a peer teacher.  One of these letters could be written by the nominator.  Support letters are limited to one single spaced, typed page.

"The Hoosier Association of Science Teachers , Inc" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 383, New Albany, IN  47151


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software