Alternate Councilor: Sharon Palmer
Currently in my fifteenth year of teaching chemistry at Amherst Regional High School, I have been the recipient of the 2016-2017 Robert Frost Chair for Excellence in Teaching, the 2013 ACS Division of Chemistry Education Northeast Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching, and the Connecticut Valley Section High School Teacher Award.
In addition to my position at ARHS, I teach online chemistry courses at UMass Amherst for pre-service and in-service K-12 teachers who want to improve their chemistry content knowledge.
Educated at the University of California-Berkeley and Northwestern University, my career has revolved around science education, including positions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College, and Williams College. I have also worked with the STEM Education Institute at UMass and Five Colleges, Inc. in NSF-funded projects aimed at improving K-16 science and math education and teacher preparation. From there I unexpectedly embarked on a high school teaching career.
I served on the CVS local section when I was at Smith College, and have returned to the board more recently as a high school teacher. I am currently an Alternate Councilor and the local section coordinator for National Chemistry Week and Chemists Celebrate Earth Day. I am also active in the ACS and AACT nationally, serving on two task forces at this time.
I live in Amherst, MA, and my chemist-husband and I have two grown daughters.