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William Dahlgren Teacher of Excellence Award

The William Dahlgren Award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers for inspiring students in math, science, and engineering fields, particularly classes directed towards learning the field of plastics and general entrepreneurship activities/efforts with a prize of $500.


 Applications are due by April 30, 2023.​​​​


We are looking for teachers who consistently demonstrate:


Excellence: Motivating students to achieve their best.

Integrity: Consistently thinking, sometimes doing more than what is required.

Respect: Treating each student as valuable and full of potential.

Innovation: Inspiring students to explore and create on their own from what is taught.


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2017 Dahlgren Award Recipients

Michelle Fishman, Neuberger Holocaust Center

Dantelle Starkman, White Haven

Dave Young, Sedro-Woodley HS

David Beshk, St Margaret's ES

Stephanie Dunkle, Springboro HS

Owen Minnick, Granite Technical Institue

Steve Hoell, Ridgewood Elementary

Leila Volkmann, St Mary's School

Nancy Qushair, St Mary's School

Shaye Whitmer, Evergreen School 

Jim Weber, Capital High School

Demetrius Anthony, Hollenstein C & T Center

Dan Folmar, Kennett HS

"I would like to thank the SAMPE Foundation for recognizing all of the work that I do in my role as a teacher. It is exciting to be able to impart knowledge and encourage intellectual growth of young minds, especially in the area of math and science."
~Danielle Starkman
"I want to extend my deepest gratitude and sincere appreciation for receiving the 2017 William Dahlgren Teacher of Excellence Award. It is an absolute honour to be recognized for teaching, motivating and inspiring students and younger generations."
~Michelle Fishman

From left to right: Walt Linaweaver, Head of Middle School. Nancy Qushair and Leila Volkmann, Dahlgren Award Winners. J.M.Ingalls, SAMPE Foundation

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