Eight NYC public high school teachers who engage their students with passion, animation and scholarly studies have earned Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science & Mathematics.

The awards are presented annually by the Fund for the City of New York and sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation includes a $5,000 prize.

Among the criteria to be used in the evaluation of the candidates are:

• Student achievement, progress and outcomes
• Teaching style and effectiveness
• Innovation and creativity in the classroom environment
• Extracurricular mathematics or science activities for students
• Success in motivating students with diverse or special backgrounds
• Use of technology where appropriate
• Promotes mathematics and science inside and outside the school
• Encourages students to pursue careers in science and mathematics.