Orange County Section

High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year Award

In 2017 OCACS instituted an Award for the Orange County Chemistry Teacher of the Year.

All nominees must be full-time teachers in Orange County at either a public or private high school. It is not necessary to be a member of ACS to be eligible. Nominations may be submitted by teachers and administrators at High Schools in Orange County, CA (i.e. teachers may nominate their colleagues).

  1. To nominate a high school chemistry teacher, select the Nominator button below, fill out the Nomination form and click Submit. The deadline for submission is midnight, January 31, 2019.
  2. Nominees who have been officially advised by email from OCACS that they have been nominated for this Award should select the Nominee button below. Initial screening questions must all be answered and submitted online before midnight, February 14th, 2019.
All submissions will be screened by members of the OCACS Education Committee, and further information will be sought from finalists in order for us to make a final determination.

The award will be presented at the high school awards dinner in May, 2019. The winning candidate will be given a plaque, a year's membership in the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT),and $300.

Please share this announcement with all teachers in the chemistry department, as well as with the principal of the high school. We hope to have many of our outstanding teachers nominated!

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Carol Grimes at


Past winners of The Orange County Chemistry Teacher of the Year Award have been:
2018 - John Burns, Westminster High School, Westminster(photo)
2017 - Kelli Gaines of Trabuco Hills High School, Mission Viejo(photo)

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