William McWatters, a physics trainer at Octorara Junior-Senior Excessive Faculty in Atglen, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Arithmetic and Science Educating (PAEMST). The award, created in 1983, is the best honor conferred by the U.S. authorities particularly to lecturers of math and science. In making use of for and finally successful the award, McWatters took the initiative to hunt out consultants within the nationwide science group and obtain suggestions on the physics facet of his educating, to be able to complement the suggestions he receives from directors. Requested what this award means to him, McWatters describes receiving the award as “each humbling and exhilarating.” McWatters’ advocacy for his college students has helped make sure the implementation of many superior science programs at Octorara, in addition to dual-enrollment programs at the side of the College of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He’s additionally the school advisor for Octorara’s “Physics Battle Membership” workforce, which competes yearly within the Worldwide Younger Physicists match. Octorara’s workforce is the three-time defending nationwide champion beneath McWatters’ steerage and has competed in Singapore, Beijing, and Warsaw.
— Submitted by Alison Hallman