Hun School Chemistry Teacher Honored by American Chemical Society

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The American Chemical Society awarded Matt Treichel of The Hun School of Princeton (http://www.hunschool.org) the 2012 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award. Mr. Treichel was honored on May 1st at an ACS gathering.

The American Chemical Society awarded Matt Treichel of The Hun School of Princeton the 2012 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award.

In 2011, all fifteen students enrolled in Mr. Treichel’s Advanced Placement Chemistry class earned perfect scores on the national examination.

The American Chemical Society awarded Matt Treichel of The Hun School of Princeton (http://www.hunschool.org) the 2012 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award. Mr. Treichel was honored on May 1st at an ACS gathering.

The annual award is jointly sponsored by the Princeton and Trenton Sections of the American Chemical Society, with the purpose of recognizing and encouraging outstanding teachers of high school chemistry.

In 2011, all fifteen students enrolled in Mr. Treichel’s Advanced Placement Chemistry class earned perfect scores on the national examination (http://bit.ly/IZ1l0Z). Over a twelve-year period, Mr. Treichel’s students averaged 4.76 of a possible 5 points, while the national average for the same period was 2.86. Over the past two years, The Hun School has placed seventh and fourth in the Merck State Science Day competition.

One of Mr. Treichel’s students, 2011 Valedictorian Rachel McEnroe ’11 wrote a letter of recommendation on Mr. Treichel’s behalf. Rachel explained, in her statement, that her love for chemistry and her desire to study chemistry at the University of Chicago is due to her time spent with Mr. Treichel.

Mr. Treichel (http://bit.ly/IIccPs) attributes his students’ performance in class and beyond to their enthusiasm for chemistry. “By and large, the students in my AP class also took Chemistry Honors with me. They can see my passion for the material, and I believe they share that passion,” Mr. Treichel said.

A mixture of theoretical instruction, extensive laboratory preparation, classroom demonstrations, inorganic qualitative analysis, and group research projects constitute Mr. Treichel’s pedagogy. His students keep laboratory journals similar to those kept within the industry and at the university level.

Mr. Treichel was also nominated for the Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award by Science Department Chair, Bernard HP Gilroy. Mr. Gilroy said, “Matt Treichel is an exemplar of rigor and passion in teaching. Year after year, he inculcates in his students both a profound appreciation for his subject and a tremendous intellectual discipline to tackle difficult content.”

The Hun School of Princeton is a co-educational, independent college preparatory school in which student-centered learning is encouraged within the context of traditional curriculum, preparing its students for the global community in which they will live and work. Individual attention and strong student-faculty relationships are the hallmarks of the School. The Hun School is comprised of 610 students in its Middle School, Upper School, and Postgraduate Program. The boarding community is home to 152 students from twenty-one countries and fifteen states. For more information, please visit http://www.hunschool.org.

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