Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced a new Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year initiative on October 18, 2012 at the Massachusetts STEM Summit. As part of honoring the teacher of the year, Kraft committed a $5,000 grant to the winner’s school for STEM-related uses. The goal of the program is to recognize and honor a Massachusetts STEM teacher making significant contributions to STEM education and to promote the impact that educator is making in the field.
The winning teacher is honored with tickets to a Patriots home game and is invited to serve on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for one year.
To be eligible, a teacher must be a full-time, active, certified, K-12 classroom STEM teacher in a state-accredited Massachusetts public or private school. To be considered a teacher must:
- Spend the majority of the school day involved in direct instruction to students
- Be skilled in implementing effective teaching strategies
- Be able to explain personal teaching philosophy
- Be able to inspire students in STEM-related topics
- Show involvement and leadership in student-related extra-curricular activities
- Be respected by students, parents and co-workers
Nominations during phase 1 will remain open until January 9, 2022. When the nomination period closes on January 9, 2022 all nominated teachers will receive an email requesting them to complete Phase 2 of the application process. Once submitted, the Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year Committee then reviews all of the nomination applications and selects five finalists to be interviewed in April. Once the interview process is complete, a winner is selected. In addition to the $5,000 awarded to the winning teacher, Raytheon Technologies has committed $1,000 to four other finalists.