1996 AMERICAN NUCLEAR SOCIETY
"Outstanding Science and Mathematics Teacher Awards"
The American Nuclear Society (ANS), Savannah River Section, is preparing to award its Fifth Annual Outstanding Science/Mathematics Teacher Award. On behalf of ANS, the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Coordinating Committee is conducting the search for a deserving outstanding elementary, middle or high school teacher. Teachers may be nominated by a peer, a supervisor, a student or a parent. Nominees must have participated in teacher enhancement programs sponsored by the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center or the CSRA Hub during the past three years. One South Carolina teacher and one Georgia teacher will be chosen. The winners will receive a significant monetary award, a plaque and recognition at a special awards dinner sponsored by ANS in late Spring.
Among the past winners have been Terry Dennis (Earth Science, Jackson Middle), Belinda Yonce (Fifth Grade, Aiken Elementary), Delorise Singley Childs (Fourth Grade, Oakwood Elementary), and Shirley Makin (Third Grade, North Aiken Elementary). These and many other teachers who were nominated represent educators whose professional experiences, leadership activities and student programs serve as models for others to emulate. The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is very proud to be associated with such excellence in teaching.
Nomination forms will be sent to principals, science chairpersons and mathematics chairpersons at CSRA schools in the next few weeks. For South Carolina nominations, forms should be returned to Gwen Johnson at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. For Georgia nominations, forms should be returned to Mary Ann Navarro at the National Science Center at Fort Gordon. For more information feel free to call Gwen Johnson at (803)648-6851.
The ANS, Savannah River Section, also awards a $1000 work-study scholarship for a deserving USC-Aiken undergraduate each year. The recipient is usually a science major. Through association with the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, this student gets experience in teaching hands-on science and mathematics. Three out of four of the students who have received this scholarship have subsequently become science teachers. We are grateful to the American Nuclear Society, Savannah River Section, for helping us attract strong science students into the field of education.