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IMSA Faculty Member Receives Outstanding Science Teacher Award

IMSA Science Teacher Dr. Mark Carlson is one of only six teachers statewide to receive the Illinois Science Teachers Association/ExxonMobil Outstanding Teacher of Science Award.   The award recognizes extraordinary accomplishment in the field of science teaching.

IMSA's InvenTeams members, under the guidance of team sponsor Dr. Carlson, work to create a low-cost, durable water filtration system for developing countries.

Recipients of the award must demonstrate accomplishments in science teaching that go beyond the normal classroom setting and evidence of outstanding teaching in science.  As a result of the award, Dr. Carlson will receive $1,000 and be recognized at the 2010 Illinois Science Teacher Association's annual conference on science education.

Dr. Carlson, of Naperville Township, has been a member of the IMSA science faculty since 2007 and teaches physics and works in the Student Inquiry and Research (SIR) program. In addition, Dr. Carlson is involved in many activities outside of the classroom including an on-going student project to create a water filter for families in the developing world (see photo).

“I am truly honored to receive this award,” Carlson said.  “At IMSA, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with students who share my passion for science and have a genuine desire to improve the lives of others.”

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (

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