Regional Meetings Committee Report, Spring 2016

Frank J. Creegan (fcreegan2@washcoll.edu): 2016 Co-Chair
Marty Perry (perrym@obu.edu): 2016 Co-Chair

The Regional Meetings Committee (RMC) is charged by the Division to:

  • Provide oversight of the ACS Division of Chemical Education Region Awards, which includes the development and maintenance of Award Guidelines, participation in the selection and presentation of the Region Award winners;
  • Insure that a Chemical Education Program is part of each Regional Meeting;
  • And promote the purpose and work of the ACS Division of Chemical Education.

RMC is pleased to outline in this NEWSLETTER Report recent efforts to address its charge.

  • ACS Division of Chemical Education Region Awards:
  • Fall 2015 Awardees for Excellence in High School Teaching

Nine of the ten ACS Regions held meetings in 2015 providing opportunities to recognize and reward excellence in the teaching of high school chemistry.  We reported in the Fall 2015 issue of the NEWSLETTER on the five Spring Awards; RMC is pleased to report on the following four region Awards presented in Fall 2015

The 50th ACS Midwest Regional Meeting,
October 21-14, 2015, St. Joseph, MO

The winner of the 2015 Division of Chemical Education Midwest Region Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching, in Honor of John E. Bauman, Jr., is Patrick Quick from Central High School in Springfield, MO.

Patrick is a 25-year veteran of the teaching profession.  Most of those years have been spent teaching chemistry at one or more levels in Missouri high schools.  He has been teaching General Chemistry and International Baccalaureate (IB) Chemistry for the last ten years at Central High School in Springfield, Missouri.  Patrick is a two-time graduate from Missouri State University (MSU) earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees which contained chemistry as a focus.  Having a master’s degree with a chemistry focus has allowed him to offer dual credit in all of his courses and to teach more advanced courses such as IB.  Patrick believes learning is a life-long endeavor and attends NSTA conferences, and now ACS conferences, whenever possible.  Recently, he has modified his approach to teaching after attending a Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) workshop and a Modeling Instruction workshop.  Not only does Patrick teach at the high school level but he also works with college students on a regular basis.  With three universities and one junior college in Springfield he continually works with practicum students, and he co-teaches a secondary methods course through Drury University.   Patrick is also on a team of MSU professors and area science teachers to write a Robert Noyce grant to modify the preparation of pre-service science teachers at the university.  In summer 2015 Patrick participated in training to lead IB workshops to train chemistry teachers. 

The ACS Joint 67th Southeast-72nd Southwest Regional Meeting,
November 4-7, 2015, Memphis, TN
The winner of the 2015 Division of Chemical Education Southeast Region Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching is
Constance Brown from Northwest High School in Clarksville, TN.
Constance teaches Physics, Honors Chemistry, and Physical Science at Northwest High School in Clarksville, Tennessee. She was named Outstanding Science Teacher for Middle Tennessee by the Tennessee Academy of Science in 2001 and the Tennessee Academy of Science distinguished Science Teacher in Tennessee in 2003. In 2005, she was named ACS Outstanding Science Teacher for the Nashville section.  She was also on the 2006 National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers. She actively pursues astronomy research, involving solar spectroscopy and the magnetic strength of sunspots. Constance has collected data for the Hubble Telescope Project and took the first images of an exploding supernova in the Whirlpool Galaxy. She is an active supporter of student research and has co-authored 17 student research grants.

The winner of the 2015 Division of Chemical Education Southwest Region Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching is Dr. Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Maris from Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, AR.

Beth is a chemistry teacher at Little Rock Central High School. She is an Education liaison for the Central Arkansas Section of the ACS and a member of the Little Rock Textbook Adoption Committee. A member of ACS and AACT, Beth holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Toxicology from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a Master of Biomathematics from NC State, and a BA in Mathematics from Hendrix College. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Central Arkansas Section of the ACS in 2007, 2010, and 2013 and received the Stephens Award for Outstanding High School Educators in 2011. She was a Recognized Educator by the Arkansas Governor’s School in 2010 and 2011 and was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in 2014.

The ACS 45th Western Regional Meeting, 
November 6-7, 2015, San Marcos, CA

The winner of the 2015 Division of Chemical Education Western Region Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching is Shannon Regli from Troy High School in Fullerton, CA.

Shannon teaches Honors and AP Chemistry at Troy High School in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District in Orange County, CA. After completing her BS in chemistry at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, she continued her education in graduate school at UC Irvine. There she studied atmospheric chemistry and conducted field work in northern Alaska on global climate change. She decided that teaching high school was her true passion, though, and she returned to Cal Poly for a teaching credential. She taught two years at a small high school in Templeton, CA, before embarking on a new adventure teaching at the International School of Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile. She moved back to the United States after two years of teaching and traveling throughout South America. Over the past 14 years at Troy High, Shannon has been a coach for Science Bowl, an assistant coach of Science Olympiad, as well as an adviser for ChemClub. She has volunteered with the OCACS Education Committee for the past 5 years, helping with the annual High School Chemistry Examinations. She is happiest in the classroom and loves inspiring her students to study chemistry in college and beyond!

  • Finalists for the Fall 2015 ACS Division of Chemical Education Region Awards for Excellence in High School Teaching:

In 2014 RMC began the practice of using the CHED Newsletter to recognize all nominees for the Region Award for Excellence in High School Teachingand the schools at which they teach.  In the tables below we list each Region Award, the 2015 Recipient, and all those whose complete nomination portfolios came before the Region Awards Committees. 

2015 ACS Division of Chemical Education Midwest Region Award for
Excellence in High School Teaching, in Honor of John E. Bauman, Jr.

AWARDEE

Patrick Quick
Central High School
Springfield, MO 65802

FINALISTS

Kristi Deaver Uselding
Ankeny Centennial High School
Ankeny, IA, 50023

Laurie Kallhoff
Canby High School
Canby, MN 56220

 

2015 ACS Division of Chemical Education Southwest Region Award for
Excellence in High School Teaching

AWARDEE

Beth Maris
Little Rock Central High School
Little Rock, AK 72202

FINALISTS

Karen Compton
Plano East Senior High School
Plano, TX 75074

Sarwat Jafry
St. John’s School
Houston, TX 77019

Usha Devanthosh
North Houston Early College High School
Houston, TX 77065

Michella DuBay
Hubbard High School
Hubbard, TX 76648

 

2014 ACS Division of Chemical Education Southeast Region Award for
Excellence in High School Teaching

AWARDEE

Constance Brown
Northwest High School
Clarksville, TN 37042

FINALISTS

Elizabeth B. Beckham
South Aiken High School
Aiken, SC 29803

Kathy Dunne
Hammond School
Columbia, SC 29209

Regis Goode
Ridge View High School
Columbia, SC 29229

Nancy Hasburn
Villa Rica High School
Villa Rica, GA 30180

Stephanie Chase LeGrone
Mary G. Montgomery High School
Semmes, AL 36575

Julie Mullane
Central Magnet School
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Dewayne Riddle
Benjamin Russell High School
Alexander City, AL 35010

Juan Carlos Rodriquez
Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School
Miami, FL 33135

Keith A. Sanders
Girls Preparatory School
Chattanooga, TN 37405

David C. Vernon
Western Alamance High School
Elon, NC 27244

Timothy M Whitley
Lone Oak High School
Paducah, KY 42001

Neera Young
Lakeside High School
Evans, GA 30809

2015 ACS Division of Chemical Education Western Region Award for
Excellence in High School Teaching

AWARDEE

Shannon Regli
Troy High School
Fullerton, CA 92831

FINALISTS

Steven G. Sogo
Laguna Beach High School
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Kathryn M. Currie
Los Alamitos High School
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

  • Region Award Nominations:

RMC continues to pursue ways by which a spectrum of Society-affiliated groups can participate in the Region Award nomination process.

  • Converting Regions Awardees to James Bryant Conant Nominees:

Beginning with the 2015 Region Awards, DivCHED Representatives to individual Regional Meetings took leadership roles to facilitate the nomination of Region Awardees for the James Bryant Conant Award. 

  • Chemical Education Programming at Regional Meetings:
  • DivCHED Representative Involvement in Programming

RMC continues to be concerned by the limited programming in Chemical Education at some ACS Regional Meetings.  We are increasing our efforts to contact organizing committees early on in the planning process to not only encourage Chemical Education programming but also to assist, where possible, by having DivCHED Representatives volunteer to organize a symposium, general session, or poster session.  Our efforts have thus far led to additional programming at the 2015 Joint Great Lakes-Central Regional Meeting, the Joint SERMACS-SWRM Regional Meeting, MWRM-2015, NORM-2016, and MARM-2017.

  • Regional Meeting Planning Conference (RMPC):

Frank Creegan and Marty Perry represented the RMC at the RMPC held on October 2-4, 2015 at ACS Headquarters. Leaders for upcoming ACS Regional Meetings were provided information about how the Division of Chemical Education can assist their organizing committees with programming support. Attendees were also provided award guidelines for the Excellence in High School Teaching Award.

  • Promotion of ACS Division through Regional Meetings:

RMC continues its joint project with the New Members Committee involving the design, preparation, and display of a poster that describes, using text and images, the mission and activities of the Division of Chemical Education.  The poster is displayed by the DivCHED Representative, at each of the Regional Meetings, in a formal poster session and/or in the Registration area.  The poster serves as a device to disseminate information about Division and to recruit new members to the Division.

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