Midwest Regional Meeting 2015

ACS Division of Chemical Education Midwest Award for Excellence in High School Teaching

The 2015 ACS Division of Chemical Education Midwest Award for Excellence in High School Teaching in Memory of John E. Baumann Jr. is designed To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry in the Midwest Region. 

The Region Award consists of a cash award and a plaque.  Reasonable travel expenses to the Regional Meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.  A certificate/plaque may also be provided to the recipient’s institution for display.  The awardee may be asked to give a keynote address and/or participate in a symposium with other teachers, usually at a future meeting.   

The 2015 awardee is Patrick Quick from Central High School in Springfield, Missouri.


Patrick Quick is a 25 year veteran of the teaching profession.  Most of those years have been spent teaching chemistry at one or more levels in Missouri high schools.  He has been teaching General Chemistry and International Baccalaureate (IB) Chemistry for the last ten years at Central High School in Springfield, Missouri.  Patrick is a two time graduate from Missouri State University (MSU) earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees which contained chemistry as a focus.  Having a master’s degree with a chemistry focus has allowed him to offer dual credit in all of his courses and to teach more advanced courses such as IB.  Patrick believes learning is a life-long endeavor and attends NSTA conferences, and now ACS conferences, whenever possible.  Recently, he has modified his approach to teaching after attending a Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) workshop and a Modeling Instruction workshop.  Not only does Patrick teach at the high school level but he also works with college students on a regular basis.  With three universities and one junior college in Springfield he continually works with practicum students, and he co-teaches a secondary methods course through Drury University.   Patrick is also on a team of MSU professors and area science teachers to write a Robert Noyce grant to modify the preparation of pre-service science teachers at the university.  This summer Patrick participated in training to lead IB workshops to train chemistry teachers.  Patrick has been married for 23 years and has two children, a college freshman and a high school freshman, and currently lives in Mt Vernon, Missouri.

Pat will be presented with the award on Thursday evening during the Midwest Award banquet.