Teacher Awards

The BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Teacher Awards recognise outstanding contributions made by classroom teachers to science education.

Teacher finalists are selected from around Australia. Each Science Teachers Association is invited to nominate one teacher, chosen for their excellence in teaching, their support of open-ended student investigations and their suitability to represent their state or territory. The CSIRO CREST program may also nominate a teacher, selected on the same criteria. If you would like to nominate a teacher, contact your local State or Territory Science Teacher Association for further information. 

Teacher finalists are invited to attend a Teacher Best Practice Seminar and the prestigious Awards ceremony event in Melbourne in February. The winning teacher will be invited to attend Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in the United States of America to assist as a chaperone for the Australian student finalist delegates.


2020 National Winner - Anthea Ponte, Hawthorndene Primary School, SA


Anthea Ponte is the STEM Coordinator at Hawthorndene Primary School in South Australia.

Anthea is a passionate science educator who has taught Science and Biology for more than 17 years. Most recently, she has pursued her passion for Primary Science as a STEM Teacher, Senior Leader and STEM Coordinator. Working as a mentor alongside classroom teachers, Anthea builds the confidence and capacity of her colleagues to develop and deliver excellence in STEM education. Her application of exemplary inquiry-based pedagogy cultivates curiosity and analytical and innovative thinking in her students, helping them develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to become agents of change in a diverse, rapidly evolving society.

Anthea was the winner of the South Australian 2019 STEM Educator of the Year - School Teaching award.

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