PhysTEC Recognizes Outstanding High School Physics Teachers

Congratulations to SVGS physics teacher, Chris Martin, who has been selected as Local PhysTEC Teacher of the Year from Virginia Tech!  This award recognizes Chris as an exemplary teacher in his field.

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) recently announced the creation of a new award program, PhysTEC Teacher of the Year. The award is designed to highlight the impact of recent graduates from physics teacher preparation programs in the classroom. Each of the winners was nominated by the PhysTEC member institution from which they graduated or received their teaching credentials. One national winner and several local winners were selected.

The local PhysTEC Teacher of the Year winners will receive a certificate of recognition as well as official acknowledgement to their school and community.  These winners are:

  • Christine Audo, Topeka High School, University of Arkansas
  • Matthew Blackman, Ridge High School, Rutgers University
  • Ricardo Farfan, Berkmar High School, Georgia State University
  • Gary Forrester, Hingham High School, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Justin Fournier, Cypress High School, California State University Long Beach
  • Bradley Gearhart, Hutchinson Central Technical High School, SUNY Buffalo State
  • Chris Martin, Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School, Virginia Tech
  • Adam Pullen, The Westminster Schools Preparatory School, University of West Georgia
  • Timothy Vitale, Clearview Regional High School, Rowan University
  • Cameron Vongsawad, Copper Hills High School, Brigham Young University

PhysTEC, led by the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), congratulates these outstanding professionals for their contributions to their schools and the physics community.

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