Chesterfield County Public Schools Teacher Maria Klein is the recipient of the 2016 Franklin D. Kizer Distinguished High School Chemistry Teacher Award. Klein teaches chemistry and AP chemistry at Clover Hill High.
Since 1948, the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has presented an award to an outstanding high school chemistry teacher deserving recognition for excellence in teaching chemistry. The award’s name was changed in 2011 to honor the late Franklin D. Kizer, the first science supervisor of the Virginia Department of Education. The winner is chosen by various criteria, including educational background, teaching ability effective techniques they employ, involvement and cooperation in professional organizations, hands-on science activities and self motivation.
“Maria is an outstanding science educator who is highly respected within our science community,” said Emily Loving, instructional specialist for science for Chesterfield County Public Schools. “She is very caring, hardworking and dedicated to the best interest of every student she encounters, and students rave about how she brings chemistry to life and makes it easy to understand. We are very proud of Maria and honored to work with an amazing teacher and person!”
ACS is a scientific society based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. The society also provides grants for scientific research and supports various educational and outreach activities. In addition to the award, Klein was presented with a $300 check at the ACS meeting in Richmond.
Klein has been a teacher with Chesterfield County Public Schools for 11 years. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as a chemical engineer in the U.S. and Germany.