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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