Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association

Serving Southeast Michigan Science Teachers Since 1941

Ellen Daniel Jones

Distinguished Service Award     

Due Date -- January 31

Mini Grant Award

Due Date -- Last Day of February

Outstanding Science Educator Award

Due Date - April 1

Ellen Daniel-Jones Distinguished Service Award

Do you know someone who is a distinguished science educator in the Metropolitan Detroit Area and exemplifies the high standards of the late Ellen Daniel-Jones

Application Deadline -- January 31

2022 Recipient -- Betty Crowder

Betty launched her teaching career at Meadowbrook Elementary in the Rochester School District. She began her vocation educating 4th graders and later moved on to the 5th grade.  Her next stop led her to the become the K-12 Health and Science Coordinator in the Rochester School District for nearly 30 years. She continues to influence students but this time at Oakland University working with future teachers in elementary education and oversees their Student Teaching assignments.

2018 Recipient -- Denise Hafner

Ms Denise Hafner -- Detroit Public Schools -- MDSTA Board Member and Secretary for over 16 years 

2017 Recipient -- Marilyn V. Rands

Professor Marilyn V. Rands -- Lawrence Technological University, Southfield -- Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Educator, 2000 -- Board Member of Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Associations, 2000 - 2016, member since 1980.  Her favorite student evaluation: Professor Rands helps us find the answer instead of telling us the answer.”

2016 Recipient -- Rachel Badanowski

Rachel Badanowski -- Wayne State University, Detroit and Michigan State University, East Lansing  -- Tooba Mansoor, science teacher at Dearborn Center for Math, Science, and Technology:   "I had an opportunity to take a course with Ms. Rachel Badanowski at Wayne State University.  She consistently encouraged and supported her students to become excellent future teachers.  She taught us best teaching practices, provided us with unique content teaching ideas, and encouraged us to become involve in professional learning communities.  I was inspired by her passion for teaching and learning.  She always seemed to be the one who is willing to share her experiences with others."

2015 Recipients -- Paul Klozik and Dr. Michael Suckley

Paul Klozik -- Retired -- Has over 45 years of teaching experience at the high school level, Community College and is a workshop leader. Introduced and promoted Science Olympics at Sterling Heights high school. Developed and taught courses that are interrelated between Physics, Mathematics, Environmental Science, Computers, Research, and IDS.

Dr. Michael Suckley -- Macomb Community College for Physical and Environmental Science, Warren -- Over 45 years of teaching experience at middle, high school and university level.  Involved in development and workshop presentations of instructional materials and educational projects.

Earlier recipients of this award can be viewed by visiting the MDSTA History page on our website.

Mini Grant Awards

Awards up to $500  --  Application Due Date  -- Last Day of February

Application Form as PDF   ---   Application Form as Word Doc

2018 Recipients -- Robertha Brown, Holly Hereau, and Cheryl Quinn

Robertha Brown -- Mary McLeod Bethune School Elementary-Middle School, Detroit -- "Challenge Your Appetite-Prepare to Lose"

Holly Hereau -- Lee M. Thurston High School, Redford -- "Invasive Species Removal and Pollinator/Rain Garden Installation"

Cheryl Quinn's -- Honey Creek Community School, Ann Arbor -- "Phenomenal Science Meets Honey Creek Community School"

2016 Recipient -- Pam Opolsky

Ms. Opolsky's Mini-Grant Topic was "Sound STEAM Project."  She used her $500 to purchase beakers, tuning forks and other equipment to help students learn about sound.  

2015 Recipients -- Monica Faerber, Erika Lee, and Puja Mullins

Ms. Monica Faerber requested funds to acquire Science Kits and was awarded $450.00

Ms. Erika Lee’s proposal was for a field trip to Imagination Station in Toledo and was presented with a check for $500.00.

Ms. Puja Mullins’ application included $500.00 to acquire a set of notebooks for STEM instruction.

2014 Recipient -- Mike Mansour

Mr. Mike Mansour requested funds to develop the Big Buck Skeleton Project $500.00

2013 Recipients -- Katie Colligan and Erica Brown

Ms Katie Colligan and Ms Erica Brown requested funds to host an "Earth Heroes" family science night  $500.00

Outstanding Science Educator Award

Do you know someone who is worthy of being honored as an outstanding science educator?

Application as PDF   ---   Application as Word Doc

Application Deadline -- April 1

2017 Recipients -- Pamela Opolski and Dr. Emily Thompson

Pamela Opolski -- Jefferson International Academy, Waterford -- Her special projects today include butterfly gardens, family science and engineering and using singing and dance to teach science. “I have always worked with a limited or non-existing budget, and few or no textbooks.  So, I do a lot of grant writing for supplies, and a lot of research and design.  I strive to make science fun and memorable for my students.” 

Dr. Emily Thompson -- Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor -- Since 2009, she has accomplished the following: pioneered use of free Open Educational Resources at WCC; gave presentations to audiences at WCC, MDSTA Fall Conferences, Michigan Water Collaboration Conference, Michigan Community College Biologists Conference, LAND Conference, and the Huron High School Earth Day Celebration; wrote blogs on genetics and the environment (; and developed genetics, biology, and environmental science curriculum materials. 

Earlier recipients of this award can be viewed by visiting the MDSTA History page on our website.

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