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Ken Revell Named Middle School Teacher of the Year by Cincinnati Chapter of the American Chemical Society

Eighth-grade science teacher Ken Revell was selected for the Middle School Teacher of the Year Award by the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS). According to its website, the American Chemical Society recognizes middle school teachers “with exceptional skills in teaching and a consistent record of dedication to the growth and welfare of their students.” “It is quite an honor to be recognized by the American Chemical Society and I am grateful to my colleagues who wrote letters on my behalf,” Revell said. Revell was nominated by Upper School science teacher Linda Ford. Revell has worked with Ford on the community garden project over the last 18 months. “During last school year, Ken involved the members of his Middle School Science Club and his own advisory group in many gardening activities,” Ford wrote in a letter to the American Chemical Society. “This school year, he had students help build four cold frames and personally assisted my husband in laying a small stone patio near an entry point from the adjacent Lotspeich Elementary School building. Without Ken’s involvement, the burden of this project would have been much greater on my shoulders.” Head of the Middle School Bill Waskowitz shared his thoughts on Revell in a letter to ACS, as well. Waskowitz cited Revell’s many science projects in the classroom and how they impact students. “Ken is that rare Middle School teacher who knows that developing positive and appropriate relationships with students is what matters most,” Waskowitz wrote. “Because of his calm and supportive demeanor, Ken has been able to develop students who love ‘doing’ science!” Jen Torline, Upper School science teacher and science department chair, noted Revell’s ability to bridge the gap between Middle and Upper School. She wrote,“Ken is a dynamic and memorable teacher in his students’ lives, and he plays a vital role in our department, particularly preparing students for the transition from Middle to Upper School studies. It is a joy to teach his students two years later, and to see all that they remember from their first formal study of physical science concepts.” Revell was recognized at a banquet on April 25. At that same banquet, held on the campus of Northern Kentucky University, sophomore Kevin Wang was recognized for his third-place score on the Ralph Oesper examination. Wang took this regional competitive examination along with 155 other exceptional chemistry students from 12 area high schools.