UH Alumna Awarded Tennessee's 2002 Distinguished Science Teaching Award

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Nov 27, 2002

Kathryn R. Gemmer, a biology and physics teacher at University School on the campus of East Tennessee State University (ETSU), is the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Science Teaching Award presented by the Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS). Gemmer is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she received a bachelor‘s degree in animal science in 1985 and a master‘s degree in animal science in 1988 from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

Presented annually to one science teacher in Tennessee who has made significant contributions to science, teaching and learning, the award is administered by TAS and was begun in 1997 as a way to recognize outstanding science teachers. Gemmer was recognized at the TAS annual conference hosted by ETSU on November 15, and received a plaque and a $500 cash award.

According to TAS President Dr. Jack Rhoton, "Kathryn has made many contributions to science education, and her service to teaching is long-term and outstanding. She is widely recognized as an individual who demonstrates excellence through her efforts and hard work."

Gemmer is noted for her abilities to create effective learning environments for her students to become involved in inquiry and problem solving. She offers opportunities for students to ask and answer thought-provoking questions, and is recognized for planning and implementing innovative and exemplary science programs at University School.

Gemmer has received other awards including the Western Carolina Creative Teacher of the Year for 1995-1996 and the Western Carolina Middle School Teacher of the Year for 1994-1995.