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Paul W. Zitzewitz Award for Excellence in K-12 Physics Teaching


Paul W. Zitzewitz

Established as the Excellence in K-12 Teaching Award in 1993; renamed and endowed in 2010 by Paul W. and Barbara S. Zitzewitz.

Funded since 2010 by a generous gift to AAPT from Paul W. and Barbara S. Zitzewitz and named for Paul W. Zitzewitz, the principal author of the highly acclaimed and widely adopted high school physics text Physics: Principles and Problems and a long-time member and supporter of AAPT, the Paul W. Zitzewitz Award for Excellence in K-12 Physics Teaching recognizes outstanding achievement in teaching K-12 physics. The recipient, an AAPT member for whom K-12 teaching is a primary responsibility, delivers an address at an AAPT Summer Meeting and receives a monetary award, an Award Certificate, a copy of the citation, and travel expenses to the meeting. Previous winners of the Oersted Medal or the Robert A. Millikan Medal are not eligible for this award. Self-nomination is not appropriate for this award.

Award Winners

Below is a list of previous years' winners, their school, and the title of the address they gave up receiving the award.


Bradford Hill, Southridge High School, Beaverton, OR
"Citizen Science: Harnessing Physics to Advance Science and Mathematical Literacy"


Thomas F. Haff, Issaquah High School, Issaquah, WA

"Creating an Environment that Lets Learning Occur"


Mark D. Greenman, Marblehead High School, Marblehead, MA

"Interactive Laboratory Experiences (ILE) -- A Professional Development Recipe for Success"  UStream video


Stacy McCormack, Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN

"Blond Girls Can't Learn Physics"


Diane Riendeau, Deerfield High School, Deerfield, IL

"Who's In??"


Deborah Roudebush, Oakton High School, Herndon, VA

"What Your Mother Never Told You About… Physics Teaching"


Mark Davids, Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

"Best Practices"


Jan Mader, Great Falls High School, Great Falls, MT

"Those Who Can Teach"


Steve Ethen, Burnsville High School, Burnsville, MN

"On the Shoulders of Giants"


Patrick Callahan, Delaware Valley Regional H.S., Frenchtown, NJ

"Things I've Learned Along the Road"


James L. Hicks, Barrington High School (retired), Barrington, IL

"Tango On"


John Roeder, The Calhoun School, New York, NY

"Energy—A Basic Physics Concept and a Social Value"


Lowell G. Herr, Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR

"Project PHYSLab: Improving High School Physics Labs"


Clarence A. Bakken, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto, CA

"How Do We Know We're Doing a Good Job?"


James H. Nelson, Seminole County Public Schools, Sanford, FL

"Reflections on High-School Physics Teaching"


Arthur Eisenkraft, Foxlane High School, Bedford, NY

"Problems That Don't Remain Solved"


Robert A. Morse, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Albans, Washington, DC

"Fitting Tool to Task: Tinkering with Technology in Teaching Physics"


Christopher J. Chiaverina, New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL

"Informal Physics: Using Interactive Exhibits in Schools"


Paul Hickman, Belmont High School, Belmont, MA

"Improved Instruction by Listening to What Our Students Tell Us They Have Learned"