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The Hall at Patriot Place's STEM Teacher of the Year applications now available

FOXBOROUGH, MASS. – Do you know a Massachusetts teacher who is making an impact in STEM education? Applications to nominate a teacher as The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon's 2014-15 STEM Teacher of the Year are now available. Full-time, certified, K-12 classroom STEM teachers in a state-accredited Massachusetts public or private school are eligible to be selected.

The application process has been split into two phases this year. The first part of the application will be filled out by the individual nominating the teacher. Once nominated, the teacher will be sent the second phase of the application to complete.

A five-member committee made up of representatives from The Hall, its partner, Raytheon, and the Massachusetts Department of Education will then review the applications and select five finalists, who will be scheduled for in-person interviews. Following the interview phase, the winner will be announced and then honored at the 2015 Massachusetts STEM Summit.

Applications may be completed online or downloaded and scanned and emailed to The Hall or mailed to:

STEM Teacher of the Year Program The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon 1 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035

Deadline to submit nomination applications is Sunday, March 1, 2015.

The Hall and Raytheon are committed to promoting STEM education in Massachusetts and beyond and have worked collaboratively to develop a robust education program that hosts more than 18,000 school visitors per year on STEM-themed field trips.

As part of the education initiative, The Hall started a Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year program during the 2012-2013 school year and honored its first winner at the 2013 Massachusetts STEM Summit. New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft committed a $5,000 donation to the winner's school while Raytheon has donated $1,000 to the other finalists' schools for STEM use.

"We are thrilled to continue this success program that honors STEM educators for the vital work they do in and out of the classroom," Hall Executive Director Bryan Morry said. "We have had a terrific pool of nominees in our two years since starting this program and we have had the opportunity to meet some amazing teachers. Being nominated is an honor on its own and we look forward to this year's pool of applicants."

The inaugural winner was Kelly Powers from the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School. The 2013-14 winner was Doug Scott from Natick High School.

ABOUT THE HALL AT PATRIOT PLACE PRESENTED BY RAYTHEON

The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is the crown jewel of Patriot Place and the only sports and education experience of its kind. Through a dazzling array of interactive multimedia exhibits and artifacts never before viewable by the public, The Hall showcases the tradition of the New England Patriots, explores the history of football in New England, and promotes math and science education for thousands of school children each year. The Hall received a Gold MUSE Award from the American Association of Museums and The Hall's signature film, "Patriots Way," won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. The Hall was named to Boston Globe Magazine's Best of the New, and was a Yankee magazine Editor's Choice recommendation. Tickets to The Hall are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under are admitted for free. The current hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit TheHallatPatriotPlace.com, visit "The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon" on Facebook or follow @TheHall on Twitter.

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