Members of the CTABT strive to promote the professional growth and development of biology teachers in Connecticut to enhance their effectiveness in the classroom and community.


Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers

Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers (CTABT) is an affiliate of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). The members of the CTABT strive to support the NABT and are committed to the task of promoting NABT membership, promote the professional growth and development of biology teachers in Connecticut to enhance their effectiveness in the classroom and community, encourage and stimulate state and local activities that will keep teachers up-to-date in their knowledge of the biological sciences, aid them in developing and sharing ideas for better teaching and provide them with a forum for consideration of state and local issues that effect biological education and provide information, guidelines, programs, and activities that confront questions regarding science, society, and the future, and to stimulate teachers and students to deal responsibly with those often value-laden issues that derive from science and technology as they relate to individuals and collective needs and wants.


Connecticut's Outstanding Biology Teacher Award

Each year, the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), through its Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA), attempts to identify an excellent biology instructor in each of the 50 U.S. states; Canada; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico, and overseas territories. Nominations of worthy candidates by NABT members and friends help us to recognize those individuals whose outstanding work in the classroom qualifies them for this award.

 Pearson, the OBTA program sponsor, gives each awardee a special award. The recipients also receive a microscope through the generosity of Leica Microsystems, Inc. Award winners and their schools also receive certificates, as well as public and professional recognition. Recipients receive a year’s complimentary membership in NABT and NABT honors Outstanding Biology Teacher Award recipients at a special ceremony in conjunction with its national conference.

 Who is Eligible? … Current biology/life science instructors (grades 7-12) with at least three years public, private, or parochial school teaching experience. A major portion of the nominee’s career must have been devoted to the teaching of biology/life science. NABT membership is not a requirement. Unsuccessful candidates may be renominated. OBTA winners are ineligible for 10 years after selection.

 What is the Process? … Candidates will complete a form summarizing their professional experience, academic background, and education philosophy and provide four recommendations from colleagues familiar with their teaching effectiveness. Classroom videotapes are important steps in the evaluation process.

 Who Can Make Nominations? … Colleagues, administrators, students, the teacher/candidates themselves, or anyone competent to judge the candidate’s teaching effectiveness.

 What Are the Criteria? … Teaching Ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, inventiveness, initiative and student-teacher relationships.

For more information on how to nominate yourself or a colleague, click here.

Past CT's OBTA Honorees





Dr. Eileen F. Roark

Nathan Hale-Ray High School, Moodus


Paula Meachen

New Canaan High School


Kenneth M. Fusco

Plainville High School


Monica Kreuzer

Watertown High School


Marissa DeVito Haddad

Staples High School, Westport


Dr. Sibani Sengupta

Sacred Heart High School, Hamden


Chris Willems

Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven


Tyler Hoxley

East Hartford High School


John Girard

Plainville High School


Holly Buckley

East Lyme High School


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