Regional Meetings Committee Report, Spring 2018

Marty Perry, 2018 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 2017 Awardees for Excellence in High School Teaching

Eight of the ten ACS Regions held meetings in 2017 providing opportunities to recognize and reward excellence in the teaching of high school chemistry. We reported in the Fall 2017 issue of the NEWSLETTER on the four Spring Awards; RMC is pleased to report on the following four region Awards presented in Fall 2017.

  • The 52nd ACS Midwest Regional Meeting,
    October 18-20, 2017, Lawrence, KS

The winner of the 2017 Division of Chemical Education Midwest Region Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry TeachingAmy Clement
>, in Honor of John E. Bauman, Jr., is Amy Clement from Olathe North High School in Olathe, KS.

Amy Clement, Olathe North High School chemistry teacher, aims to inspire curiosity about chemistry in all her students, and to launch her students in continued studies and potential careers in chemistry. She creates a classroom climate that encourages critical thinking and nurtures students’ resilience in problem solving. Amy is a curriculum leader in her school district. She collaboratively developed and implemented in her classroom lessons/projects through a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) workshop at the University of Kansas Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis, making chemistry relevant and challenging for all of her students. Amy is dedicated to keep up-to-date in the field. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity, and Kansas Association of Techers of Science. She attended the 2017 Chem Ed conference. Amy earned her masters degree in instructional design and technology. Amy’s extracurricular work has stimulated the interest of innumerable young people in chemistry and related sciences. She has sponsored state champion Science Olympiad teams, and has organized and led district-wide science nights for the community. She is co-sponsor of the Olathe North High School Faraday Society, a chemistry demonstration community outreach student group. She co-led the Olathe North Battle of the Brains two-time championship teams in a competition to design a Science City museum interpretive exhibit. Battle of the Brains is sponsored by the Kansas City Burns and McDonnell engineering firm. In designing their exhibits the students gained engineering design experience and experience submitting proposals. They earned the satisfaction of sharing their love of science with the community through their Science City exhibits, and the accomplishment of a earning a $50,000 grant to Olathe North.

  • The 69th ACS Southeast Regional Meeting,
    November 7-11, 2017, Charlotte, NC

Carol Bohatch Staff PhotoThe winner of the 2017 Division of Chemical Education Southeast Region Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching is Carol Bohatch from James Clemens High School in Madison, AL.

Carol came to Madison City Schools after 11 years teaching in the Mentor Public School System near Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to beginning her teaching career, she spent a year as a professional softball player/coach in Florence, Italy. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a Comprehensive Science Major from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio in 1987. While at Kent State, she was awarded four varsity letters for softball. Carol attended The University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio where she obtained her Master of Science Degree in Science Education in 1993. In 2017, she completed her Instructional Leader Certification. As a teacher in the Mentor Public School System, Carol was named the Lake County Science Teacher of the Year. At one time, in the Frey Scientific Catalog she had for sale "The Atom Can" which she created and developed for classroom use. In 2015, she was named James Clemens Teacher of the Year, and also the Madison City Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year. In 2016, she was named to the Alabama Teacher of the Year "Sweet 16" and the District VIII Teacher of the Year. Carol has coached a variety of sports and clubs. For Madison City Schools, she has been a softball coach and girl’s golf coach. She sponsors the Chemistry Club and Science Olympiad. Carol is married to Rob Bohatch, and they have two children: Emily and Katie. She enjoys gardening and outside activities.

  • The 74th ACS Southwest Regional Meeting,
    October 29-November 1, 2017, Lubbock, TX

Karen ComptonThe winner of the 2017 Division of Chemical Education Southwest Region Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching is Karen Compton from Plano East Senior High School in Plano, TX.

Karen Compton earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Southern Methodist University in 1998 and a M.S. in Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001. Karen has participated in the Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas (ACT2) and Science Teacher Association of Texas (STAT) since 2004. She currently serves ACT2 as its Past President. With 14 years of teaching experience, Karen is currently the AP/IB Chemistry teacher and Chemistry Team Lead at Plano East Senior High School. She received the DFW local section Shultz Award for High School Chemistry Teaching in 2014. She is an AP Reader and has served as a Master Teacher for the STARS Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Karen is a consultant for the National Math and Science Initiative, serving as a mentor for other AP Chemistry teachers and presenter of AP Chemistry Saturday study sessions. In support of her excellent teaching abilities, her students compete yearly in the ACS Chemistry Olympiad, where each year at least one of her students has advanced to the National Competition.



  • The ACS Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, 
    October 25-28, 2017, Loveland, CO

Greta Glugoski-Sharp
The winner of the 2017 Division of Chemical Education Rocky Mountain Region Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching is Greta Glugoski-Sharp from St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, CO.

Greta Glugoski–Sharp is Science Department Head and Chemistry Teacher at St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, Colorado. She received bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1989 with majors in Biology and Spanish. In 2002 she received a Masters of Education from the University of San Francisco in Secondary Science Education and Bilingual Education. Since 2003 she has taught chemistry, other sciences courses, and begun the chemistry advanced placement course at St. Mary’s Academy, an all-girls high school. Over her tenure, Greta has inspired her students, helping them find the value and “fun” in science. Her principal says that Greta has been a role model for her students as a woman of science who loves what she does and is an expert in her field. As the Science Department Chair she has created an environment in all courses where girls can thrive and will become proficient in science. She has found ways to update labs and bring technology and new techniques to the classroom. Professionally Greta seeks continuing education for herself through workshops including those for teaching advanced placement chemistry.  She is active in Science and Chemistry professional organizations including being named as Ambassador for Colorado to the American Association of Chemistry Teachers and elected Region I Board Member of the Colorado Association of Science Teachers. She was named in 2017 to the American Chemical Society High School Examination Committee meeting in Brookings, South Dakota.  She has organized programs for high school chemistry teachers at regional and national levels for the American Chemical Society and the National Science Teachers Association and is a committee member of the Colorado Science Conference. For the Colorado Chemistry Teachers Association she is the ACS representative and for many years has been co-organizer with the Colorado Section of ACS of the Annual Banquet to recognize the outstanding high school chemistry student at each high school in Colorado and recognize the outstanding chemistry teacher of the year.  In 2003 she was recognized by Steve Spangler and News 9 with his “Salute to Chemistry Teachers.” Ms. Sharp received a 2016 Salute to Excellence from the Colorado ACS for her involvement in the annual high school program.

  • Finalists for the Fall 2017 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 2017 Recipient, and all those whose complete nomination portfolios came before the Region Awards Committees. 

2017 ACS Division of Chemical Education Midwest Region Award for
Excellence in High School Teaching, in Honor of John E. Bauman, Jr.


Amy Clement
Olathe North High School
Olathe, KS 66061


Randolph Francis Brull
Thomas More Prep- Marian High School
Hays, KS 67601

Maricar Harris
Wichita Collegiate School
Wichita, KS 67206

Roseanne Hoffman
Harrisonville School District
Harrisonville, MO 64701

Kristi Deaver Uselding
Ankeny Centennial High School
Ankeny, IA 50023









2017 ACS Division of Chemical Education Southeast Region Award for
Excellence in High School Teaching


Carol Bohatch
James Clemens High School
Madisonm, AL 35756


Avrill Buerstetta
Ravenwood High School
Brentwood, TN

Jessica Enlow
Cox Mill High School
Concord, NC

Emily Gilstrap
Easley High School
Easley, SC 29642

Romina M. Jannotti
Paul J. Haggerty High School
Oviedo, FL 32765

LaShawn McNeil
Lincoln High School
Tallahassee, FL 32311











2017 ACS Division of Chemical Education Southwest Region Award for
Excellence in High School Teaching


Karen Compton
Plano East High School
Plano, TX 75074


Alicea Chaloupka
Christ the King Cathedral High School
Lubbock, TX 79413

Theresa Delong
College Park High School
The Woodlands, TX 77384

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

Carolyn Ericson
Clements High School
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Gale Hunt
Hebron High School
Carrolton, TX 75010

Gary Layman
Bartlesville High School
Bartlesville, OK 74006




2017 ACS Division of Chemical Education Rocky Mountain Region Award for
Excellence in High School Teaching


Greta Glugoski-Sharp
St. Mary’s Academy
Englewood, CO 80113


Hillary Ward
Empire High School
Tuscon, AZ 85747

Caralee Young
Itineris Early College High School
West Jordan, UT 84088







  • 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 is increasing its efforts to contact organizing committees early on in the planning process to not only encourage Chemical Education programming but to also volunteer to organize a symposium, general session, or poster session. RMC is also exploring partnerships with AACT to encourage and sponsor pre-college programming at regional meetings.

  • Regional Meeting Planning Conference (RMPC):

The RMC was represented by Marty Perry at the Regional Meetings Planning Conference (RMPC) held on January 19-21, 2018 at the ACS Leadership Institute in Dallas, TX. Leaders for the 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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