2017 Outstanding HS Chemistry Teachers
Each year, up to two winners are selected for the Princeton and Trenton ACS Sections’ Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Awards,
This year they are:
Emilie Gingras – The Hun School of Princeton
Carolyn Wilhelm – North Hunterdon High School
The evaluation criteria for this award are the quality of their teaching; their leadership (classroom and profession) ; keeping up to date in the field; extracurricular work in chemistry and teaching; emphasis on laboratory safety.
Emilie Gingras received a BS in Chemistry in 2006 and MS in 2008 from the Université Laval, Québec, Canada.
Emilie has been teaching since 2013, and joined the The Hun School of Princeton in 2016 where she teachers five regular chemistry classes.
Prior to teaching, she was a Technical Sales Representative for Corporation Scienfique Claisse.
These quotes from her letters of recommendation reflect why she was selected as one of our winners:
“Emilie teaches her students not only the importance of mastering scientific reading, writing, and logical reasoning skills, but also the ability to chart their own progress as thinkers, gaining self-confidence and self-esteem in the process…..
Emilie is able to adapt the explanations of scientific concepts to different learning styles in ways that I’ve seen many new and experienced teachers miss.”
“Her classroom is alive with collaboration and discussion and her students see clearly how invested she is in their success. Additionally, as a professional, Emilie is intent on self-improvement, consistently seeking new opportunities to learn from her colleagues and from any source of professional development that she can find.”
Our second awardee is Carolyn Wilhelm.
Carolyn received a PhD in Food Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1990 and BS degrees in Food Science and Nutrition Science from Drexel University in 1985.
She has been teaching since 2002, and joined North Hunterdon High School as a chemistry teacher in 2007 where she teaches College-Prep, Honors and AP Chemistry.
Prior to teaching, she was a research associate at Nabisco Inc. from 1991 to 1997 and a Freelance Technical Writer 1998 to 2001.
It is clear from Carolyn’s nomination information that she is dedicated to chemistry education. For example, in the final weeks before the AP exams, she meets with her students at night in the town library to prepare them for the exam.
She also organizes a Science Night at the local elementary school where she and her students conduct demonstrations and teach mini lessons on chemistry. Her efforts have been instrumental in increasing Hunterdon’s AP Chemistry scores and increasing interest in science at the elementary school level
As quoted in one of her letters of support “One of the most unique abilities of Dr. Wilhelm is her positive influence in motivating and attracting students to the field of science. Her caring attitude and superior knowledge of the subject matter make her effective at all levels. …..Her creative and innovative approach has earned her much respect among her peers, students and the community.”