2002 Linda Dillard, Redondo Union High School

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Linda Dillard
2002 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher

The Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce that it has awarded Ms. Linda Dillard of Redondo Union High School its “Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award” for 2002.

Ms. Dillard will compete for the Western Regional Award in 2003. As a regional awardee, she will also then be eligible to compete for the National ACS James Conant Bryant Award.

Ms. Dillard received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Education from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire. She received her Master of Science degree in Biology from Michigan Technological University and completed one year of graduate work in Microbiology at the University of Southern California.

Ms. Dillard has been a teacher at Redondo Union High School since 1985. She teaches Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Advanced Placement Chemistry, and Advanced Placement Biology. She helped initiate both Advanced Placement programs at Redondo Union. Since 1995, Ms. Dillard’s students have achieved a 100 percent passing rate. Ms. Dillard’s teaching style demonstrates that she is a strong advocate for active learning. Her philosophy of science education is “anything which can be taught by doing, rather than by lecture is my idea of a good education.”

Ms. Dillard is the Academic Decathlon Science Coach for Redondo Union. Under her able direction, the Redondo Union team went from eighteenth place in the Biotechnology Superquiz to fifth place. She initiated the Science Club at RUHS and led students to participate in the Science Olympiad.

We congratulate Ms. Dillard and wish her the best of luck in the Western Regional competition.