Excellence in High school chemistry teaching award
CALL FOR 2020 NOMINATIONS
Mid-Hudson Section 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.
Nominee must be actively engaged teaching chemistry or a chemical science in high school (grades 9-12) at least half time. The high school must be within one of the following counties in New York State: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan or Ulster.
Consideration will be given to:
Active involvement in 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, etc.
Willingness to be abreast of new developments in the field and expand self-skills. This can be accomplished 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, etc.
Demonstrated ability to challenge and inspire students
Types of courses taught – AP, Regents, Chemistry, or a related specialty
Leadership and/or active involvement within the profession
Innovative teaching methods or lab demonstrations/experiments
The recipient of this award will be recognized and receive a plaque, monetary gift and a one-year subscription to The Journal of Chemical Education. The recipient of the ACS Mid-Hudson award will be nominated for the James Bryant Conant Award for High School Chemistry Teaching, presented by the National ACS. We invite your nominations of outstanding chemistry teachers for this award. Note: Self-nominations will not be accepted. The nomination will be judged on the selection criteria. If you have any questions or to obtain the nomination form, please contact Patti Cusatis via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The nominations must be submitted no later than March 1, 2020.
CONGRATULATING OUR 2019 AWARDEE!!
The Mid-Hudson Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce that the 2019 recipient of the Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching is Margaret Loh. The award was presented at the section’s Undergraduate Research Symposium held at Vassar College on April 24th.
Mrs. Loh has been a Chemistry teacher at John Jay High School since 2001 where she has taught all levels of chemistry, including Advanced Placement, Honors, Regents and non-Regents level courses. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degree in Chemistry, as well as Secondary Science Education certification. Through Mrs. Loh’s encouragement and dedication, participation by John Jay students in the local ACS exam for the Chemistry Olympiad started and has continually grown. The local ACS exam is now taken by first- and second-year chemistry students typically with numbers from 50-60. In addition, each year John Jay receives at least one invitation for the national exam, though usually two!
Margaret was accepted into the New York State Master Teacher Program in January of 2015. She is constantly attending summer workshops to improve her knowledge and teaching skills. She has developed extensive materials for teaching chemistry and willingly shares them with colleagues. This also includes hosting student teachers and teachers-in-training. She utilizes an array of teaching methods, including Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning activities in class as well as use of Google Classroom.
2014 Awardee - 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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