Connecticut Science Teachers Association

" inspire, promote and support the learners of science in the state of Connecticut."

Congratulations to all of our 2022 Awardees!

STEMtastic: The collaborative effort between CSTA & Sacred Heart University is back for the 2021-2022 school year!  

Join us for our next STEMtastic event:

Our Fall-Winter CSTA Science Journal is now ready!   Our members can click on the link to find these articles and more!

  • Presidential Award Winners 2021
  • Teaching - Science in Kindergarten, Creating Video Guides, Fluor Engineering Challenge, Authentic Writing in Science
  • Articles - Women in Science, a Volcanologist and Deep Sea Microbiologist; James Webb Telescope, Does Outer Space End? and more

Latest News

  • Listen to CSTA Board Member Mark Ruede's interview on CT NPR program, "Where We Live," focused on How CT Science Teachers Help in Discerning Fact From Fiction.   
  • Congratulations to Lori Durocher, Kindergarten teacher at Norfeldt Elementary School in West Hartford, for being named the 2020 Elementary Science Awardee for PAEMST.
  • Check out these great Elementary literary resources that compliment the NGSS standards.

  • Do you have an idea for a STEMTastic webinar?  Is there someone you would like to talk to?  Is there an area of interest that you think other teachers would like to discuss?  Please let us know.

  • NGSS Assessment Tools  - This site is designed to facilitate development and sharing of classroom NGSS assessment items and item clusters (groups of items associated with same phenomenon)

Upcoming Events

  • May 11 - Awards Celebration - Sacred Heart University Discovery Museum
  • May 16 - STEMtastic Event - Jason Maur, The Science of Food

PD Opportunities

Visit our Professional Development and Grants pages for more information

Job Openings

  • Middle School Science - Captain Nathan Hale Middle School - posted repost (LInk to application)

CSTA Awards

2022  CT Science Awards 

Congratulations to all Awardees!

Excellence in  Science Teaching 2022

  • Excellence in  Elementary Science Teaching - Honorarium Courtesy of Kanse Griffing and Gina Wofford
Shannon Hokans, CREC Academy of Aerospace & Engineering Elementary, Rocky Hill, CT
  • Excellence in Middle School  Science Teaching - Honorarium Courtesy of Jon DeVito of Lab-Aids, Inc
Melissa Carter, STEM Academy, Monroe, CT
  • Excellence in  Secondary Science Teaching - Honorarium Courtesy of Connecticut Science Teachers Association
Erin Ritz, Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford, CT
  • Ralph and Ruth Yulo Beginning Teacher Award 
Michael Ayala, East Shore Middle School, Milford, CT

  • Babu George STEM Award  Honorarium Courtesy of Isabelle Farrington School of Education and Human Development at Sacred Heart University
Sarah Riccio, Irving School, Derby, CT

  • 2022 Marty Tafel Student Science Research Award Winners 

Samuel Wu, Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon CT - "The Right Switch: An Automatic Light Switch Sterilization Device" 

Sia Reddy, Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon CT - "Pellet-"O"-Trap: Capturing Plastic Pellets Through a Multi-Filter System & Analyzing Their Progression Using Binary Image Processing" 


Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching.  

Anyone may nominate exceptional mathematics or science teachers, or teachers may apply directly at The nomination deadline for 2022 has passed. Nominations for secondary science teachers in the 2022-2023 school year will open this summer. 

For more information, please contact Sean Serafino, the PAEMST State Science Coordinator, at


2022 State Finalist K-6: Carly Imhoff

2021 State Finalist 7-12: Robert Cormier

2021 State Finalist 7-12: Lauren Danner

2021 State Finalist 7-12: Alexa Mitchell

2020 Awardee K-6: Lori Durocher

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