Nominations are open for the Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association (AFA) Teacher of the Year Award.

The Air Force Association Teacher of the Year award recognizes educators in science, technology, engineering and math for exceptionally good classroom performance, collaborative initiatives, educational outreach, leadership, and positive impact in the school and community, according to Howard Burke, president of AFA Chapter 136.

“We’re looking for nominees who truly get their students excited about science, math and technology,” Burke said. “Their teachers need to be rewarded.”

Anyone can nominate a teacher for the award. To be competitive, nominees must be active high school teachers in fields related to science, technology, engineering or math.

Nomination packages are due by Feb. 1, or as soon as possible thereafter. They must include a letter of recommendation or support from the school principal or higher administrator; a one-page narrative about the nominee’s accomplishments in support of STEM and their impact on the students; brief contact and profile information about the nominee; and copies of newspaper articles, other documents or photos that show the teacher with students completing STEM activities. For more information or assistance in nominating a teacher of the year, call or text Ben Langer at 571-344-5100 or email

The teacher selected for the award will receive a certificate, an Air Force Association portfolio, Teacher of the Year pin, complimentary membership in the Air Force Association and $250.

The Air Force Association promotes a dominant United States Air Force and strong national defense in part by advocating for aerospace power, cyber security and STEM education.