Model Teacher Honored by Kentucky Academy of Science

photo of Susan Neumann

A Model Laboratory School teacher has been recognized by the Kentucky Academy of Science as the Outstanding Secondary School Science Teacher.

Susan Neumann, who four years ago was honored as Kentucky’s Conservation Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts, teaches high school life science, environmental science, integrated science, and human anatomy and physiology. This is her ninth year at Model.

On its website, the Kentucky Academy of Science said of Neumann:

“Since joining the Model faculty, Ms. Neumann has endeavored to cultivate a school culture which not only appreciates the diversity of the life sciences but also one that is more ecologically conscious. Through her efforts, the Model Laboratory School became involved in the ‘Green and Health Schools’ program. Through projects initiated in Ms. Neumann’s environmental sciences course, Model implemented a school-wide recycling program. She has also worked to enhance Model’s outdoor classroom as a viable and diverse learning environment for K-12 students.

“Ms. Neumann worked to create and sponsor Model High School’s first Envirothon team. In just two years, this team demonstrated its knowledge and advocacy against the damaging effects of mountaintop removal at both the state and national level, placing first in the state competition in both 2008 and 2009 (and 11th and 14th in international competition).

“Colleagues also report that Ms. Neumann is known for the positive and trusting relationships she forms with her students. They note that she has a strong sense of social justice and strives to facilitate student learning and self-awareness through real world and constructivist approaches in her pedagogy. Ms. Neumann is known for not only her strong content knowledge but her enthusiasm for that content and her students.”

Neumann said she was “honored that, first, I was nominated at all and, second, that I received the award. There are so many deserving teachers who should be recognized.”

Neumann came to Richmond from North Carolina, where she taught for more than 10 years. She also had taught at a private school in Cyprus after a two-year tour in the Peace Corps.

Published on May 02, 2011