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IMSA Teacher Receives ISTA New Teacher of the Year Award

IMSA Science Teacher Dr. Jeong Choe-Hwang is one of only five teachers statewide to receive the 2009-2010 Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA) New Teacher of the Year Award.   The award recognizes K-12 new teachers who are in their 1st-4th year of teaching “for their excellence in facilitating science learning in their classes.”

ISTA New Teacher of the Year Dr. Jeong Choe-Hwang

Recipients of the award must demonstrate innovative teaching styles and lessons, extracurricular involvement, professional development activities and trend setting practices in the field of science.  As a result of the award, Dr. Choe-Hwang will receive a one-year membership to ISTA, recognition in the ISTA journal Spectrum and be honored at the 2010 ISTA Annual Conference President’s luncheon.

Dr. Choe-Hwang, of Naperville, has been a member of the IMSA science faculty since 2008 and teaches sophomore chemistry, biochemistry and advanced chemistry. In addition, Dr. Choe-Hwang is involved in many activities outside of the classroom such as coaching IMSA’s Science Olympiad team (which took third place at state competition), advising IMSA students in research projects, teaching summer science camps for girls throughout the state and sharing her ideas and experience with other chemistry teachers during professional development days at IMSA and off-campus.  

Dr. Choe-Hwang is the second IMSA science teacher in two years to receive this award.  Science teacher Sarah O’Leary was named the 2008-2009 award winner for Region 1.  In addition, earlier this year Dr. Mark Carlson received the ISTA/ExxonMobil Outstanding Teacher of Science Award.

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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