The CS Teaching Excellence Awards are designed to recognize outstanding teaching by K–12 computer science teachers. Winners excellence in inspiring students to explore the computer science field; engaging students in learning rigorous standards-aligned, computer science content; and broadening participation of underrepresented students in computing. 

The Awards 

Up to five winners and five honorable mentions will receive: 

  • A cash prize ($5,000 for winners, and $1,000 for honorable mentions)

  • An all-expenses-paid trip to the CSTA Annual Conference and recognition on stage during the opening keynote of the conference

  • A featured article that shares their work in CSTA’s The Voice

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for the CS Teaching Excellence Award, you must:

  • Live in the United States

  • Teach K–12 Computer Science

*While it is not required to be a CSTA member, membership is encouraged. Join now at

*Current CSTA Board Members, staff and their immediate family are not eligible for any awards with prizes attached.

Application & Review

The application is broken up into two sections. 

Check back in late 2020 for information about the 2020–2021 awards. 

These awards were made possible by a grant from Infosys Foundation USA.

Past Awards for CS Teaching Excellence Winners: 


Maria Camarena
Daryl R. Detrick
Vivienne Forrester
Mary Heishman
Visa Thiagarajan

Honorable Mentions 
Elizabeth A. Dierker
Jennifer Jones
Carolyn A. Petite
Brian Downing Smith
William Warren

Read more about the winners. 


Nimmi Arunachalam 
Michelle Cannon
Elaine Griggs 
Jonathan LoPorto
Laura Ramirez 

Honorable Mentions
Michelle G. Lee
Lanna Mack 
Andrea Salas 
Kristie Steinlicht 
Leon Tynes 

Read more about the winners.

Sandra Czajka
Martin Fish
Bobby Oommen
Ryan Robidoux
Dylan Ryder
Eric Allatta
Jacqueline Corricelli
Karen Donathan
Farrah Falco
Steven Floyd
Ray Kinne
William Lau
Robert Luciano
Daniel Moix
Jared O’Leary