The Lester Crown MSI Distinguished Teacher award is given to educators who completed at least four of MSI’s science teacher education courses, where educators gain valuable knowledge of Next-Generation-Science-Standards-aligned curriculum, improve teaching skills and return to the classroom with new ideas and resources to make science more engaging. Teacher honorees receive a certificate and a personal $1,000 award.
MSI’s vision is to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. By continuing to support teachers in educating the next generation of science explorers, MSI recognizes the important role teachers play in conveying the multiple ways a strong foundation in science can be the building block for existing careers and those that haven’t been invented yet. These teachers also demonstrate the leadership essential for the success of students and schools in the science subjects. Their hard work and achievement will inspire other educators as well as the students we all serve.
The Lester Crown MSI Distinguished Teacher award is given at a recognition event at the Museum with MSI President and CEO David Mosena and MSI Trustee Jim Crown. The award is named for Lester Crown, an MSI life trustee and philanthropist. Since 2016, MSI has continuously recognized teachers from high-needs schools who have made a commitment to improving their instructional practices in core science subjects with support from the Crown Family Philanthropies.