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 5, 2018.  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, 2018. 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.

2017 HS Teacher Award Winner

Karen Loweke

International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High School

Bartow, FL


Karen Loweke is a Chemistry Instructor at the International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High School in Bartow, FL. Ms. Loweke has an extensive career spanning over 20 years, and has taught both Chemistry and Physics courses in several schools across Polk County, Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at George Jenkins High School in 2010, she was instrumental in the development and implementation of AP Chemistry and Physics programs at Frostproof Middle-Senior High and Mulberry High school. In 2016, Ms. Loweke began her current position in the International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High. Her colleague says of her: “Ms. Loweke reaches across all student demographics to meet individual student needs in her various courses. Her organization, content knowledge, openness to new ideas, and especially her ability to inspire students, provides an example for all instructors.” 

Ms. Loweke earned her Bachelor of Science in Science Education from the University of South Florida, and a Masters of Science in Mathematics Education from Walden University.