The Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society annually sponsors an award to recognize an outstanding high school chemistry teacher in the Cleveland Section. The award is named for Irene Heller of North Olmsted High School and Betty Dabrowski of Magnificat High School in recognition of their contributions as outstanding high school chemistry teachers and their service to the Cleveland Section. The award is presented annually at the April Cleveland section meeting. To nominate a high school teacher, please send a letter of nomination through the “contact us” portal on our webpage (https://www.acscleveland.org/contact/). Strong nominations have included comments from students as well as colleagues and supervisors.

See below for a list of previous winners:

Irene C. Heller, North Olmsted High School, 1993
Fen Lewis, Strongsville High School, 1997
Elizabeth Dabrowski, Magnificat High School, 1998
Jesse Bernstein, Hawken School, 1999
Judith Lachvayder, Parma Senior High School, 2000
Lois Kuhns, Chardon High School, 2001
Sean McGuan, Riverside High School, Lake County, 2002
Olga Gueits, Lincoln West High School, 2003
Marylin Rohr, Chardon High School, 2005
Roger Storm, Fairview Park High School, 2006
John P. Davis, Kenston High School, 2007
Kristin J. Gregory,West Geauga High School, 2008
Lori Koss,Magnificat High School, 2009
Christine Deighan, Chagrin Falls High School, 2010
Nikki Anderson, Vermillion High School, 2011
Beth A. Smith, Brecksville-Broadview Heights H.S., 2012
Dr. Russ Mauer, Hawken Upper School, 2014
Anne Lavelle, St. Edwards H.S., 2016
Richard Kawolics, Laurel School, 2019