Dorothy Stout Professional Development Awards

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Dorothy "Dottie" LaLonde Stout:
January 30, 1941-August 26, 2001

Dorothy "Dottie" LaLonde Stout was raised in Ohio and earned both her baccalaureate and masters degrees at Bowling Green State University. "The Flatlands of Ohio provided a great place to grow up because it created an incredible desire to 'see the world'. I graduated with degrees in geology and history. Coming west, where there were mountains, was an epiphany! Geology began to make a lot more sense since the examination of flat terrain took a lot of imagination. My subject area was paleontology. My Master's Thesis was a study of the epifauna (the critters that grow on other critters - like coral attached to clams) that grew on Silurian marine organisms preserved in Sylvania Quarry near Bowling Green. Sounds obscure but it taught me a lot about the Earth."

Dottie moved west and after starting a family continued her education at the Claremont Graduate School where she earned her doctoral degree. "My dissertation was a labor of love later in life after raising three daughters. I went back to school with an idea - examining the people, resources and events that molded our understanding of the geology of California. An interest in oral history allowed me to connect with some of the "living giants" who could relate some of their own experiences in molding that history. These people have included Thomas Dibblee, Mason Hill, A.O. Woodford, Rollin Eckis, Robert Sharp and others."

Dottie skillfully balanced her role as mother and educator as she began her career as a geoscience educator. "I started teaching at Cypress College in 1974 when my youngest of three daughters went into first grade. I had been a 'freeway flyer' since 1967 teaching at El Camino College, Long Beach City College and California State University, Fullerton. This job allowed me to do my 'most important job' which was mothering. Teaching at Cypress allowed me to get my daughters off to school in the morning and I could in turn be home before they returned."

For more than a quarter of a century Dottie shared her passion for the geosciences with her students at Cypress College. Dottie shared her sense of adventure and enthusiasm for exploration and encouraging others to explore with her by organizing and leading field trips to geologically important locations throughout California and the world. She was recognized as the Orange County Community College Teacher of the Year in 1996.

Dottie understood the critical need to support and improve geoscience education at all levels. She championed the cause of the geoscience education and its critical place in K-12 curricula throughout her career. She was an active member of the Far Western Section of NAGT and served as President 1982. In 1990 her "unusual and sustained service" to geoscience education and the FWS section was recognized when Dottie was honored as the recipient of the Robert W. Webb Award.

Dottie's enthusiasm and boundless energy led her to continually add to her activities and share her talents with even more individuals. Dottie became the first woman president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers in 1990 and worked on many geoscience education initiatives with National Science Foundation funding to improve the delivery of geoscience education.

She received special recognition for her service to NAGT in November of 2000 and was honored as the recipient of the American Geophysical Union's Excellence in Education Award in May of 2001. In her acceptance of the award she once again encouraged researchers to reach out and make their discoveries understandable to the general public.

"The advances made by geoscientists in our understanding of the Earth is mind-boggling, even to those well versed in science and technology. While research is critically important, it is also critical to transfer our wealth of knowledge beyond the immediate research community. To accomplish this, we need to involve scientists in the process of translating their research in an understandable way to students, teachers, and the general public-where its effects can ripple throughout our society. It has been my own personal passion to beat the drum (and maybe even bang some heads!) to encourage more scientists to become aware of their obligation and responsibility in education at multiple levels. This does not mean that researchers must become expert educators. But it does mean fostering collaborations between researchers and educators in order to get the point across. These relationships are not just incredibly rewarding, they are integral."

"I hope that all of you can share in my own dream of spreading the joys of geoscience to all."

The Award

Dottie Stout was the first female president of NAGT and was active as a strong supporter of Earth science education at all levels. In honor of Dottie's outstanding work and lifelong dedication to Earth science education, NAGT gives these awards to faculty and students at two-year colleges and K-12 teachers in support of the following:

  • Participation in Earth science classes or workshops
  • Attendance at professional scientific or science education meetings
  • Participation in Earth science field trips
  • Purchase of Earth science materials for classroom use
Awards of $750 will be made annually in three categories: Community College Faculty, Community College Student, and K-12 Educator. Award winners will also be given a one-year membership to the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, which includes an online subscription to the Journal of Geoscience Education and the In The Trenches magazine.


Community college Faculty and K-12 teachers who teach one or more Earth science courses and community college students actively pursuing a career in the Earth sciences are encouraged to apply for these awards.

Award Recipients

2019 Award Recipients

  • Hannah Miller, Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA
  • Marissa Isaak Wald, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM
  • Sharon L Karackattu, Ph.D., Oak Hall School, Gainesville, FL

2019 Award Recipients

Past Recipients

2018 Award Recipients

  • Russel Kohrs, Lord Fairfax Community College and Massanutten Regional Governor's School, Mount Jackson, VA
  • Jill Weaver, Valley View Junior High, Farmersville, OH
  • Sara Young, Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, IL
2018 Award Recipients

2017 Award Recipients

  • Jessica Cruz, Modesto Junior College, Modesto, CA
  • Janet Davis, Heartland Community College, Normal, IL
  • Peter Ower, Wilmette Junior High School, Wilmette, IL
2017 Award Recipients

2016 Award Recipients

  • Shannon Shurko, Pine Forest High School, Fayetteville, NC
  • Merralee Lightle, Bridge Academy West, Detroit, MI
  • Argy Leyton, Montclair High School, Montclair, CA
2016 Award Recipients

2015 Award Recipients

  • Melissa Hage, University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, Baraboo, WI
  • Angela Shankle, Dona Ana Community College, Las Cruces, NM
  • Robin Wilson, Emmett High School, Emmett, ID
2015 Award Recipients

2014 Award Recipients

  • Joel Aquino, West Hall High School, Oakwood, GA
  • Ella Bowling, Mason County Middle School, Maysville, KY
  • Andrew Buddington, Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA
2014 Award Recipients

2013 Award Recipients

  • Annette Calabretta, The Classical Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Nadine Evans, Community College of Rhode Island, RI
  • Rebecca Perloth, Santa Rosa Junior College, CA
  • Laura Branch, Ernest Righetti High School, CA
  • Robin Rohrback-Schiavone, Northern Virginia Community College, VA
2013 Award Recipients

2012 Award Recipients

  • Cari Gomes, Palomar Community College, San Marcos, CA
  • James Johnson, Children's Center for Treatment and Education, Custer, PA
  • Cassandra Strickland, Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA
2012 Award Recipients

2011 Award Recipients

  • Pete Berquist, Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, VA
  • Shelley Jaye, North Virginia Community College, Fairfax, VA
  • Kimberly Thompson, Annistown Elementary School, Snellville, GA
  • Christine Witkowski, Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT
2011 Award Recipients

2010 Award Recipients

  • Juanita Gutierrez, Bronx Public School 196, Bronx, NY
  • Cliff Hudson, Riverside High School, Williamston, NC
  • Mike O'Connell, Chester Area School, Chester, SD
  • Jason Westfall, Sonora High School, Sonora, CA

2009 Award Recipients

  • Brandie Freeman, (student) Hiram, GA
  • Ron Metzger, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, OR

2008 Award Recipients

  • Kimberly Adams, Lyndon Town School, Lyndonville, VT
  • Lester Smith, (student) Yakima Valley Community College, Grandview, WA
  • Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA

2007 Award Recipients

  • Jennifer Anderson, Orting High School, Tacoma, WA
  • Debbie Dogancay, Newbury Park High School, Newbury Park, CA
  • Janson Petula, Tunkhannock Area High School, Tunkhannock, PA
  • Lorraine Tsutsui, Washtenaw Christian Academy, Jackson, MI

2006 Award Recipient

  • Ijaz Akhtar, Theater Arts Production Company School, Bronx, NY

2005 Award Recipients

  • Susan Howes Conrad, Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Richard Lozinsky, Fullerton College, CA
  • Steven Murphy, International Community School, Kirkland, WA

2004 Award Recipients

  • Ann Hadley, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
  • Jodie Harnden, Sunridge Middle School, Pendleton, OR
  • Deann Foster-Fester, Calhoun Middle School, Hardlin, IL
  • Cassandra Strickland, Yakima Valley Community College, Grandview, WA

2003 Award Recipients

  • Jacquelyn E. Hams, Los Angeles Valley Collge, CA
  • Sydney Allis, Greenfield Community College, Leyden, MA
  • Rita Grusenmeyer, Santa Teresa Middle School. Santa Teresa, NM

Application Process

Interested applicants are asked to submit a 1-2 page proposal describing how the award will be used to support their professional growth in, or classroom teaching of Earth science. Please include your name, address, telephone number, and email address along with your proposal.

You may submit your materials via our online form or send them to:

Dottie Stout Professional Development Awards
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers
C/O SERC Carleton College
1 North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Applications must be received by April 15th.

The contact person for this program is:

Sandy Lynn-Proshek

If you wish to contribute to the fund supporting these awards, please contact the Executive Director's office.