Florida Local Section

Now Accepting Nominations for the Florida High School Teaching Award

This award is supported by the Florida Section and recognizes excellence in teaching of chemistry at the high school level. It consists of a plaque and $250. The teacher’s school will receive an additional $250 for teaching support.

The award will be presented at the FAME Florida Award Symposium on May 7, 2017. The award winner will also be invited to participate in the high school chemistry symposium to be held on Saturday, May 7, 2017. The local section will pay for the registration fee and one night hotel accommodation. The selection of this award will be made by the Education committee. The criteria for eligibility are as follows.

The recipient must:

1. Have at least five-years of teaching experience;
2. Be currently teaching chemistry at the high school level and teach within the boundaries of the Florida section;
3. Have participated in extracurricular activities in chemistry (including but not exclusively to, science fairs, sponsoring chemistry clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of student in chemistry or related fields).

Nominations should include at least two of the following:

1. Letter of support from the principal or science supervisor;
2. Letter of support from a colleague; or
3. Letter of support from a former student or a parent.

Nominations must be sent electronically to cgauthier@flsouthern.edu no later than April 15, 2017. The award winner will become the section’s nominee for the James Bryant Conant award, which is the award presented to a high school teacher at the Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

2016 HS Teacher Award Winner

LeShawn McNeil

Lincoln High School

Tallahassee, FL


LeShawn McNeil is a chemistry teacher and Science Department Chair at Lincoln High School, as well as an adjunct chemistry instructor at Tallahassee Community College. He has been in the field of education for overten years. He has taught Earth and Physical Science, Biology, Oceanography, Marine Biology and Chemistry.  As a teacher, Mr. McNeil has been an educator at the middle and high school levels also a university and community college instructor. During his career, he has served as a science teacher, chemistry instructor, science coach, department chair, and assisted with the accreditation process at various levels.  Mr. McNeil possesses a Bachelors degree in Chemistry from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Masters Degree in Chemistry Education from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Mr. McNeil lives in Tallahassee and is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina.