Mark Paricio, a National Board Certified physics teacher at Smoky Hill High School, is a 2013 winner of the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence. An Amgen representative made a surprise visit to one of Paricio’s classes on May 14 and presented him with a check for $10,000. Paricio can use half of that for personal use and the other half to enhance science programs at Smoky Hill.
Paricio is one of nine science teachers honored with the award in 2013. They were selected by an independent panel of judges on the basis of creativity of teaching methods; effectiveness in the classroom; and plans for the use of grant money to improve science education resources in their schools. All have demonstrated an outstanding ability to inspire their students and produce results in science education.
Paricio is the second Cherry Creek Schools teacher in three years to receive the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence. Overland High School science coordinator Jennifer Nass-Fukai received the award in 2011.
Amgen, an international biotechnology company with U.S. operations in Colorado and four other states, sponsors the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence to recognize teachers in K-12 grade levels in public and private schools whose dedication to their students' education has had a significant impact on the learning and interest of the next generation of scientists.
Posted May 21, 2013.