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 Thomas Aczel Award for Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher

 
Each year ACS-GHS is seeking nominations for Thomas Aczel Award for the outstanding high school chemistry teacher. Nominations are accepted for the teachers actively engaged in the teaching of chemistry or a chemical science in a high school (grades 9-12) within the territory of the ACS-GHS (counties: Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Walker).The award consists of a plaque and check for $500.   For more information, see the detail below.
 


Nominations for this award should be submitted via email to Kerry Spilker (kspilker@chevron.com) by April 1, 2014.

Thomas Aczel Award for Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher

The award for Excellence in Teaching to a High School Teacher in the Local Section


Purpose: To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry in the ACS - Greater Houston Section.  The Greater Houston Section of the ACS consists of the following counties: Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Walker.

Nature: The award consists of a plaque and check for $500.

Rules of Eligibility:  The nominee must be actively engaged in the teaching of chemistry or a chemical science in a high school (grades 9-12) within the territory of the ACS-GHS.  The nomination should clearly demonstrate as many of the following attributes as possible:

·         The quality of the nominee’s teaching; unusually effective methods of presentation should be emphasized;

·         The nominee’s ability to challenge and inspire students;

·         Extracurricular work in chemistry or a chemical science by the nominee, including science fairs, science clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of young people in chemistry and related sciences;

·         A willingness to keep up-to-date in the field, 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, and other means of self-improvement;

·         Evidence of leadership and/or active involvement within the profession.

Required components:
1.      A complete application that consists of the Nominee Information Form, the Nominator Information Form, the Nominator Recommendation of not more than 1,000 words submitted by the nominator according to the guidelines outlined on the Recommendation Form.
2.      A curriculum vitae or resume that includes a list of the nominee’s honors, professional activities, and additional evidence of service to the profession.  This must be limited to no more than two pages and the activities listed must have occurred within the past five years.
3.      At least one, but not more than three, letters of support.  One must be from the teacher’s current principal or supervisor.  Additional letters of support may be sent by colleagues, members of the American Chemical Society who are familiar with the nominee’s achievements, or former students and parents of former students.

Nominations for this award should be submitted via email to Kerry Spilker (kspilker@chevron.com) by April 1, 2014.

 

Announcement of award recipient by May 1st

Award to be presented at the May Awards Ceremony at UH - Hilton Hotel

 

2013 Winner - Dr. Sarwat Jafry, St. John's School

2012 Winner - Stephanie Raney, Jersey Village Hgh School

2011 Winner - Sarah Castillo, North Shore High School, Houston, Texas

2010 Winner - Lynn Millikan, St Thomas Episcopal School, Houston TX

2009 Winner - Doris Hamilton, Seven Lakes High School, Katy TX 

2008 Winner - Jennifer Kuhl, St. John's School, Houston, TX