The Glenn and Jane Crosby Northwest Region Award

for Excellence in High School Teaching

This award is to recognize the efforts of extraordinary high school teachers. The awardee will be chosen based on the quality of their teaching as evidenced by incorporation of unusually effective teaching methods, ability to challenge and inspire students, willingness to keep up to date in chemistry, and extracurricular work in chemistry or a chemical science.


The award will be presented at the 2024 ACS Northwest Regional Meeting (NORM 2024), which will be held at Washington State University on June 23-26, 2024. The ACS Northwest Region Award consists of a $1,000 award to the Teacher, $50 for AACT membership dues, $450 to the recipient’s High School for use with STEM activities, plaques for both the teacher and the high school, reimbursement of up to $800 for transportation costs to travel to NORM 2024, and complimentary on-campus housing and registration for the meeting.


The deadline for submission of all nomination materials is March 31, 2024.


Any individual except a member of the awards selection committee or a current student of a nominee may nominate or support a nominee during any given award year.

A complete nomination packet consists of:

  1. The online nomination form including the nominator’s recommendation statement of up to 750 words. 
  2. Up to two additional letters of support of up to 400 words. 
  3. The nominee’s teaching philosophy (500 word limit), a description of their current teaching assignment including extracurricular activities (500 word limit), and a current curriculum vitae or resume that includes a list of the nominee’s honors, professional activities, and additional evidence of service to the profession (two page limit). The activities included in the cv/resume must have occurred within the past five years.

Nomination process

Previous Winners

2023—Stephanie Marshall, Woodland High School (Woodland, WA)

2021—David Stitt, Peninsula High School (Gig Harbor, WA)

2019—Joanna Brown, Pullman High School (Pullman, WA)

2017—Patty Weston, Mercer Island High School (Mercer Island, WA)

2016—James Yoos, Bellingham High School (Bellingham, WA)

2015—Emmely Briley, Molalla High School (Molalla, OR)

2014—Jeff Charbonneau, Zillah High School (Zillah, WA)

2013—Brett Taylor, Sentinel High School (Missoula, MT)

2012—Marianne Molendy Feller, Kennewick High School (Kennewick, WA)

2011—Norman Nielsen, Northwest Christian High School (Lacey, WA)

2010—Tracey Dowis Messick, Cheyenne High School (Central, WY)

2009—Paul Phillips, Capital High School (Helena, MT)

2008—Anthony Favero, Hamilton High School (Hamilton, MT)

2007—Sarah Harris, Mackay High School (Mackay, ID)

Glenn and Jane Crosby

The High School Teaching Award owes its standing within ACS, particularly as a Regional award, to the fundraising and championing efforts of Glenn and Jane Crosby. 

The ACS Division of Chemical Education has stepped forward to establish an endowment that will support awards for high school science teachers in every Region of the ACS. By establishing an effort to solicit funds for the Division of Chemical Education Teaching Excellence Endowment, the Division is making a firm financial commitment to high school science teaching, ACS Regions, and the profession of chemistry. Learn more about contributing to this Endowment