THE ACS DIVISION OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION Central REGION AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGH SCHOOL TEACHING
Laura E. Slocum
2012 ACS Regional High School Teacher of the Year
This year's award winner, Laura E. Slocum, of the Indiana Section teaches at University High School of Indiana. Ms. Slocum is deeply committed to science, professional development, and most of all, her students.
Ms. Slocum is a dedicated teacher whose consistent commitment to the ACS at the local, regional and national level is exemplary. She has served as a Local Section officer and in various positions of the Indiana Section Executive Board. She has chaired symposia at previous CERMACS and was “Chemagination Chair” in 2004 at this meeting. She has helped write the ACS High School Exam, has served on the Board of Trustees of the ACS Exam Institute, and for the last five years has been the pre-college assistant editor for the Journal of Chemical Education. In her career, Ms. Slocum has given over 40 presentations to professional groups and at conferences.
Ms. Slocum teaches traditional chemistry courses, an AP Chemistry course and a yearlong course in introductory organic chemistry and biochemistry. Her commitment to new teaching methods, including the modeling method of inquiry, are second-to-none.
Ms. Slocum has mentored her students to great success in chemistry, teaching January-term courses in NMR in conjunction with Butler University colleagues. She has helped organize a conference for girls in the Indianapolis metro area. Ms. Slocum has sent students to Science Olympiad and USNCO competitions, as well as Project SEED. She was instrumental in starting both a Science National Honors Society and an ACS Chem Club at UHS.