Regional Meetings Committee Report, Fall 2018

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 Awards,
  • 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.

1. ACS Division of Chemical Education Region Awards:

  • 2018 ACS Division of Chemical Education Region Awardees for Excellence in High School Teaching:

Eight of the ten ACS Regions will hold meetings in 2018 providing opportunities to recognize and reward excellence in the teaching of high school chemistry. RMC is pleased to report on the one region Award presented in Spring/Summer 2018.

The 45th ACS Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, June 3, Bethlehem, PA

The winner of the 2018 Division of Chemical Education Middle Atlantic Region Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching is Dr. Nader Makarious from Brandywine High School in Wilmington, DE.

Dr. Nader Makarious, a native of Egypt, was born to parents who were both educators. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry & Physics Education from Alexandria University, Egypt, he started teaching at public schools in Egypt. In 2000, Nader moved to the US, obtained his teaching certificate, and worked for a year at Aquinas Academy, a private school in Bear, DE. The following year he moved to Brandywine High School in Wilmington, DE, where he currently teaches. At BHS, he has taught all levels of chemistry: conceptual, college preparatory, honors, advanced placement, and environmental chemistry.

In 2008, Nader obtained his Master’s degree in Chemistry Education from the University of Pennsylvania. A few months later, he joined the doctoral program at the University of Delaware, where he earned his doctoral degree in Education Leadership, Curriculum, Technology, and Higher Education in 2017. His interest in using models in teaching chemistry led him to design his dissertation, “Designing an Educative Curriculum Unit for Teaching Molecular Geometry in High School Chemistry.” During his doctoral work, Nader received the Robert W. Stegner Excellence Award for demonstrating outstanding qualities and dedication to the teaching profession.

During his study at UPenn, Nader was highly interested in cultural adaptive practices in education; he presented “Using Hip-Hop to Teach and Learn Chemistry in High School” at NYU’s “Sharing our Success Conference,” at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), and Lehman College in NY, and at UPenn. He is interested not only in cultural competency in the classroom but also in Environmental Chemistry; he completed his thesis on Biodiesel Fuel.

At BHS, Nader is an active member on the district’s science curriculum committee, AP alignment committee, and is head of the teacher-of-the-year committee in addition to serving as a Peer Group Connection ambassador. His passion for extracurricular science activities has lead him to coach Odyssey of the Mind and Science Olympiad, and to collaborate with other science, math, and technology teachers as a “STEM Team”, where he creates and co-presents at the University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Laboratory. He was named the ACS Delaware Section High School Teacher of the Year in 2016.

  • Finalists for the Spring 2018 ACS Division of Chemical Education Region Awards for Excellence in High School Teaching:

In 2014 RMC began the practice of using the DivCHED Newsletter to recognize all nominees for the Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching and the schools at which they teach. In the tables below we list each Region Award, the 2018 Recipient, and all those whose complete nomination portfolios came before the Region Awards Committees.

2018 ACS Division of Chemical Education Middle Atlantic Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching

AWARDEE

Nader Makarious
Brandywine High School
Wilmington, DE 19803

FINALISTS

Carol Conti
Briarcliff High School
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Emilie Gingras
The Hun School of Princeton
Princeton, NJ 08540

Carrie Jacobus
River Dell Regional High School
Oradell, NJ 07649

Sharon Kreamer
The Tatnall School
Wilmington, DE 19807

Brendan Mallory
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD 20852

Carolyn Wilhelm
North Hunterdon Regional High School
Annadale, NJ 08801

2. Chemical Education Programming at Regional Meetings:

RMC continues to work with organizing committees for Regional Meetings early on in the planning process to not only encourage Chemical Education programming but to also volunteer to organize symposia, general sessions, or poster sessions. Attention is now directed toward expansion of the Chemical Education programming at the regional meetings planned for 2019.

3. Promotion of ACS Division of Chemical Education 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. The new poster includes new text and images highlighting Division activities, resources, and ways for members to become involved.

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