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Mark S. HannumThomas Jefferson High School Physics Teacher, Mark S. Hannum, Chosen to Serve as AAPT K-12 Program Manager


College Park, MD, February 26, 2019—The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced today that Mark S. Hannum, has joined the National Office as the K-12 Program Manager. In this role, Hannum will work closely with Dr. Robert Hilborn, Associate Executive Officer, to support AAPT’s K-12 educational programs.

Hannum, in his role as K-12 Program Manager, will be responsible for developing new programs and enhancing existing programs that support the professional development of K-12 physics teachers. He will work with other AAPT staff and members in developing grant proposals to support AAPT’s K-12 programs. In addition, he will work with AAPT’s membership and marketing department to promote AAPT to K-12 teachers of physics.

Regarding this new career opportunity Hannum observed, "I am very excited about joining AAPT and working to continue to expand the since of community, opportunities for professional development, advocacy for our common goals, and the sharing of the love of Physics with the next generation of both teachers and their students".

Hannum brings to the position a unique paring of higher education and federal agency perspective with many years as a high school physics teacher, a university lecturer, and developer of nation-wide professional development programs and programs for several international schools and foreign entities. He has managed large educational programs at the National Science Foundation as well as at a premier STEM magnet school in Northern Virginia. His skills and knowledge will allow him to lead the K-12 programs at AAPT into the next generation by expanding both the reach, quality, and number of programs.

An Albert Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation, Hannum, supported the GK-12 grant program, evaluating the collaborations between PhD candidates and K-12 teachers both of which were being supported with NSF funds.

In 2006 he joined the faculty of American University in Washington DC as a part-time lecturer in both the Physics Department and the School of Education. As the only Science Faculty in the School of Education he developed new courses in both Secondary Science Instruction and Elementary Science Methods. Central to both of these courses was a research-based approach to science teaching, starting first with AAAS Project 2061, then with Common Core, and finally with the Next Generation Science Standards.

About AAPT
The AAPT is the premier national organization and authority on physics and physical science education with members worldwide. Our mission is to advance the greater good through physics education. We provide our members with many opportunities for professional development, communication, and student enrichment. We serve the larger community through a variety of programs and publications. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.

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