The Teacher Of The Year (TOTY) award, given by the Northern California Geological Society (NCGS) Foundation, is granted to a local K-12 teacher who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education.

The winner will receive a cash award of $1000 and the entry will be entered in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists national and Pacific Section contests for significant additional awards.

The 2020 contest will open in fall, 2019, and will close January 15, 2020. An application form and additional information is available by clicking the button to the right.
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2018-2019 Awardee

NCGS is pleased to announce the winner of our 2018-2019 Geoscience Teacher of the Year Award of $1000 is Mikko Michael Bojarskyis (M.S.) of Credo High School in Rohnert Park, CA.

As has become more common today, Mikko combines “Earth Sciences” with planetary science and astronomy. His courses include units on plate tectonics, geophysics, mineralogy, structural and stratigraphic geology, through lectures, labs and field trips.

2014-2015 Awardee

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year award of $750 is Molly Shaw Deich of New Brighton Middle School in Capitola, CA

2012-2013 Awardee

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year award of $750 is Chung Sinn Khong of Yerba Buena High School in San Jose, CA.

2010-2011 Awardee

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year award of $750 is Heather Marshall of Ann Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill, CA.

She graduated from California State University, Hayward, with a B.S. in Geology and has an MS in Science Education from U of Texas.  She worked with the Energy Resources Team at the US Geological Survey for two years before becoming a high school science teacher in 2001.  Heather started her teaching with 5 years in Texas before moving to Roseville High School, JUHSD, CA for 3 years and then Sobrato High School for the past year.  She currently holds a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Geoscience/Earth Science and is working for a second MS, in Teachers in Geosciences at Mississippi State. Her yearlong Geology/Earth Science course covers the spectrum from Astronomy to Energy & Climate to Geology & Oceanography to Weather.  Her materials cover class, labs and exercises.  Check out her website.

2006-2007 Awardee

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2006-2007 Teacher of the Year award of $750 is Pierre de St. Croix of Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton, CA.

2004-2005 Awardee

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2004-2005 Teacher of the Year award of $750 is Chaiwat Neokul of Chinese Christian School in San Leandro, CA.

Mr. Neokul came highly recommended, not only by his school, but also by his students.  He teaches sixth grade earth science and ninth grade physical science at the Chinese Christian School in San Leandro.  His curriculum includes units on mineral and mineral resources.  He has also been a teacher of physics.  Mr. Neokul earned his B.S. in 2001 from Pensacola Christian College.

2001-2002 Awardee

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2001-2002 Teacher of the Year award of $500 is Joan Carter of Branham High School in San Jose, CA.

1998-1999 Awardee

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 1998-1999 Teacher of the Year award of $200 is Margaret Klim of Webster Academy in Oakland, CA.

1997-1998 Awardee

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 1997-1998 Teacher of the Year award of $200 is Ursula Sexton of Green Valley Elementary School in Danville, CA.