M. Patricia Noel
M. Patricia Noel, of Campbell Hall School, has been selected as this year’s Southern California Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher. She teaches chemistry at Campbell Hall, including honors and AP courses. She also chairs Physical Sciences Development at Campbell Hall.
Earlier in her career Noel taught at a number of other Southern California Schools including Etiwanda and Montclair High Schools in the Chaffey District, and Westlake School for Girls which merged with Harvard School to form Harvard-Westlake School. As Department Chair at Westlake School she was responsible for facilitating the merger between Westlake and Harvard Schools science departments. Upon leaving Harvard-Westlake Noel accompanied her husband to the middle east where she taught Chemistry, Physical Science, Environmental Studies, and Math at The American School of Dubai, and Emirates International School, both in Dubai, U.A.E..
Noel earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Immaculata College in Pennsylvania, followed by a California Teaching Credential from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and her MA in Education from Claremont Graduate School. She has been active in a number of professional societies including: the ACS, the National Science Teachers’ Association, the California Association of Chemistry Teachers, the Girl’s League Association, and the California Association of Independent Schools. Noel has also received many awards for her teaching including: Chaffey District Mentor Teacher (1985-86), Chaffey District Teacher of the Year (1986), Edison Outstanding Teacher (1986), two NSF Fellowships, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship (1986, 1989), Western Regional Catalyst Award (1990), and the Westlake Faculty Recognition Award (1990).
Noel will be presented with the Outstanding High School Teacher Award at the Educational Awards Banquet on June 2nd.