*CALL FOR NOMINATIONS* 2015 Mid-Hudson Section Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching
The Mid-Hudson Section of the American Chemical Society is seeking nominations for the AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY TEACHING. The purpose of this prestigious award is to encourage and reward career excellence in chemistry teaching and the promotion of the field of chemistry.
The recipient of this award will receive a plaque, a monetary gift and a one-year subscription to the Journal of Chemical Education. The recipient of the local award will be nominated for the Northeast Regional High School Teaching Award to be presented at the 2015 Northeast Regional Meeting in June 2015.
We invite your nominations of outstanding teachers for this award. Note: No self-nominations will be accepted. Your nomination letter should include information pertaining to the criteria listed below. The nomination form can be found on the Mid-Hudson section website (midhudsonacs.org) or by contacting Patti Cusatis via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (845-505-0825). The nominations must be submitted by February 15, 2015.
·Nominee must be actively engaged in the teaching of chemistry or a chemical science in a high school (grades 9-12) at least half time; the high school must be within one of the following counties: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan or Ulster
·Extracurricular activities in chemistry that stimulate the interest of their students in chemistry or related fields, such as participation in science fairs, science clubs, Chemistry Olympiad
·Willingness to keep up-to-date in the field and expand skills, as evidenced by the pursuit of a higher degree in chemistry or a chemical science, enrollment in refresher courses and summer institutes, regular attendance at scientific meetings, membership in professional organizations
·Demonstrated ability to challenge and inspire students
·Types of courses they teach – AP, Regents, specialty
·Evidence of leadership and/or active involvement within the profession
· Innovative teaching methods or lab demonstrations/experiments
CHRISTINE MARMO AWARDED MID-HUDSON ACS EXCELLENCE IN HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY TEACHING
Christine Marmo is the 2014 recipient of the Mid-Hudson ACS Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching Award. This award is presented to anoutstanding high school chemistry teacher currently teaching within the Mid-Hudson Section of the American Chemical Society. This award will be formally presented to her at the Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held at SUNY New Paltz on April 25th.
Ms. Marmo, a native of the Philadelphia area, received a B.S. in Plant Science from Penn State University and an M.S. from the University of Massachusetts. Early in her career she worked at the Hudson Valley Laboratory in Highland and taught at SUNY Ulster. She attended SUNY New Paltz and obtainer her NYS certification in Biology and Chemistry, and since 1989 has been teaching both Regents and Honors Chemistry at Kingston High School.
During her tenure at Kingston High School, she also taught Botany at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and spent five summers at Bard College. There, through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and John Hopkins University award, she was funded to conduct research in the Biology Department.
Since 2006, she has teamed up with an artist at Kingston High School to teach a course entitled Chemistry for Artists. Christine has had the unique opportunity to teach applied chemistry to art students as it relates to the artists’ materials and in turn, the students use physical and chemical characteristics of these materials as an expressive tool.
Christine plans on retiring from teaching at Kingston High School in June of 2015. She is still pondering her next project. She lives with her husband in the village of New Paltz.
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