Superintendent’s Memo #208-15

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 14, 2015

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Recruitment and Retention Incentive Awards

The 2015 General Assembly approved funding to attract, recruit, and retain high-quality diverse individuals to teach science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) subjects in Virginia’s middle and high schools.  This program will provide incentive awards in fiscal year 2016 to teachers who meet specified criteria and are employed in a Virginia public school.

Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis with preference to teachers assigned to teach in hard-to-staff schools or low-performing schools not fully accredited.  Applicants must meet all requirements for one of the following two lists of criteria:

  1. Teachers Reassigned from a Fully Accredited School in Virginia to a Hard-to-Staff School or a School Not Fully Accredited:
  1. Teachers New to the Profession or Teachers With Up to Three Years’ Teaching Experience:
    [Applicants must have less than three years of teaching experience.]

Continuation Awards

An additional $1,000 incentive award may be granted for each year the eligible teacher (meeting either criteria above) receives a satisfactory evaluation and teaches a qualifying STEM subject in which the teacher has an endorsement for up to three years in the same Virginia school division following the year in which the teacher receives the initial incentive award. The maximum incentive award (initial and continuation) for each eligible teacher is $8,000.  Incentive awards are contingent upon available funding. The incentive awards are taxable to the recipient, and the school division is responsible for ensuring all taxes are remitted.

The attached application must be received no later than September 25, 2015.  Original applications (not photocopies, faxes, or e-mails) must be submitted with signatures of the teacher applicant and the division superintendent.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please mail the application to Dr. Kendra Crump, Director of Licensure and School Leadership, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120.  A form and instructions to request reimbursement of these funds for teachers accepted into the program will be sent to the school divisions at a later date.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Kendra Crump at (804) 371-2471 or by e-mail at



  1. Application for the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Incentive Awards (Word)