2014 Rochester ACS High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year
Dr. Marie Lo Re
Pittsford Sutherland High School
An educator, scholar, and mentor, Marie Lo Re comes to us from Pittsford Sutherland High School. Affectionately referred to as “Doc” by her students, Marie received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1990. After 7 years of working as a research chemist at Calgon Corporation in Pittsburgh, Marie left industry to follow her passion for teaching. She has been teaching chemistry at Sutherland since 1999.
As a member of ACS, STANYS, and NSTA, Marie has contributed to efforts that provide her with the opportunity to engage with educators across the state and develop strategies and methods for effective teaching. She serves as a Coordinating Mentor for the New York State Biology-Chemistry Professional Development Network and is co-founder of Re-ACT, a program that fosters collaboration among chemistry teachers in the central western region of NYS.
Outside of the classroom, Marie enjoys exercising, reading, crafts, and spending time with her husband and two children. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to follow her desire for education and share her passion with both students and fellow educators alike.
The Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) held its annual academic award ceremonies for area high schools on May 27 and May 28 at 7 pm at the Nazareth College Performing Arts Center.
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Program for Event
Elizabeth Burns-Chair for High School Awards
Chemical Demonstrations by Ken Schlecht
(Professor Emeritus SUNY Brockport)
Dates for 2013 were May 28 and May 29
Some of the pictures from the May 28 and May 29 events are below. For all the pictures go to
Professor Kimberly Chichester (Chair for Rochester Section ACS)
Professor Ken Schlecht ( Chemical Demonstration)
Brighton High School
Avon High School
(Photography by James Reynolds)
Timothy Wilson and Deborah Janes (Chemical demonstration)
School of the Arts
Elizabeth Burns (Chair, High School teacher of the Year Committee)
The 2013 winner is Robert West who teaches at Penfield High School.
Mr. West is the lead teacher for the science department as well as the Chemical Hygiene Officer for the Penfield School District. He serves as a mentor for new teachers and assists any student who has questions about Chemistry.
The award will be presented at the ACS Annual Awards Dinner in October.