PhysTEC Teacher of the Year

The PhysTEC Teacher of the Year program aims to recognize outstanding high school physics teachers and to demonstrate the impact and value of physics teacher preparation programs as members of PhysTEC. PhysTEC recognizes up to one local Teacher of the Year per PhysTEC institution and a single national Teacher of the Year. Awardees recognized by PhysTEC are points of pride for the physics teaching community.

PhysTEC member institutions are encouraged to nominate one new candidate per year. The nomination and application period for the 2018 Teacher of the Year awards will open in fall 2017. Prior nominees' applications will remain in the candidate pool for a total of three award cycles if not selected the first time as a National Teacher of the Year.

The 2017 National Teacher of the Year

Alexandra Boyd
2017 National PhysTEC Teacher of the Year

Alexandra Boyd of Holly Springs High School in Holly Springs, North Carolina, was named the 2017 National PhysTEC Teacher of the Year. The selection committee noted her success as both a teacher and department chairperson in increasing AP Physics class enrollments in her school, especially in the numbers of young women taking physics. She is involved in science education beyond the classroom, and supports student learning by advising her school's Science Olympiad and Science National Honor Society. She has invested in her own professional growth as an intern at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute through a Kenan Fellowship, and has served in various leadership roles for the American Association of Physics Teachers, AIP Society of Physics Students, and APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics. As part of her award, she receives funds to attend the PhysTEC Conference in Atlanta, GA as well as the AAPT Summer Meeting in Cincinnati, OH, where she will receive public recognition for her achievements. In addition, she will receive a $1,000 classroom materials grant. We are proud to recognize Alexandra and the local PhysTEC Teachers of the Year for their outstanding contributions to education.

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2017 Local Teachers of the Year

Type Name High School PhysTEC Institution
Local Reed Anderson Juab High School Brigham Young University
Local Zachary Armstrong Greeley West High School University of Northern Colorado
Local Geoffrey Hart Clements High School University of Houston
Local Zachary Kovach La Joya High School Arizona State University
Local Paul Yusung Lee Howard County Public School System Towson University
Local Elizabeth Rachford Druid Hills High School Georgia State University
Local Tiffany Taylor Rogers Heritage High School University of Arkansas
Local Danielle Tinkham Somerset Berkley Regional High School University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Local John Richard Wright St. Andrew's Episcopal School University of Texas at Austin

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