ACS James Bryant Conant Awards

The national ACS James Bryant Conant award was established in 1965 to encourage and recognize outstanding high school chemistry teachers.  Candidates are chosen based upon evidence of high quality teaching, ability to challenge and inspire, extracurricular activities that support their work and pursuit of continued improvement of their role as an educator. The award will be sponsored by the Journal of Chemical Education and ChemEd X with a permanent endowment beginning in 2017. Find out more about the Conant Award at

Information about many of the Conant Award Winners can be found below.


2020  Derrick C. Wood, Conestoga High School

2018  Brian John Kennedy,

2017 Laura Slocum, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, South Carolina (ChemEd X article)

2016 Julia Winters, Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills, Michigan (c&en article)

2015 Jenelle L Ball, Chico Unified School District, Chico, CA (JCE article, Endowing Inspiration, published ASAP 5/16 & ChemEd X article)

2014 Kathleen A. Kitzmann, Mercy High School, Farmington Hills, MI (JCE article published ASAP 2/15 & ChemEd X article and video)

2013 Stephen Radice, Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn, NY  (Interview published at ChemEd X Jan. 2014)

2012 Roxie Allen, St. John’s School, Houston, TX   Article published in C&EN

2011 Jesse D. Bernstein, Miami Country Day School, Miami Shores, Florida,       Interview published in JCE

2010 Jeffrey Hepburn, Central Academy,Des Moines, Iowa   Interview published in JCE

2009 Sally B. Mitchell, East Syracuse–Minoa High School, East Syracuse, NY   Article published in JCE

2008 Richard Goodman, Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua, NY  Interview published in JCE

2007 Eleanor W. Siegrist, Hollidaysburg Area School District, Hollidaysburg, PA   Interview published in JCE

2006 Gwendolyn S. Marbur, DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD   Announcement in JCE

2005 Annis Hapkiewicz, Okemos High School, Okemos, MI    Interview published in JCE

2004 Toni A. Watt, Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ    Interview published in JCE

2003 Linda K. Ford, Seven Hills School, Cincinnati, OH   Interview published in JCE

2002 Theresa R. Corley, Mountain Brook High School, Birmingham, AL   Interview published in JCE

2001 Barbara Pressey Sitzman, Chatsworth High School, Los Angeles, CA   Announcement published in JCE, Interview published in JCE

2000 Frank G. Cardulla, Niles North High School, Skokie, IL   Announcement published in JCE, another mention of this award in JCE, Interview published in JCE

1999 John L. Ihde, Wausau West High School, Wausau, WI   Announcement published in JCE

1998 Maria R. Walsh   Announcement published in JCE

1997 Robert D. Becker, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, MO  Announcement published in JCE

1996 David Pysnik

1995 Robert J. Lewis

1994 Lee Marek

1993 Michael J. Bannon

1992 Lois Fruen

1991 Mary E. Key

1990 John Liebermann, Jr.

1989 Clifford L. Schrader

1988 Edmund J. Escudero

1987 Mary C. Johnson

1986 Ronald I. Perkins

1985 Douglas D. Smith

1984 Douglas A. Halsted

1983 Janet A. Harris

1982 Robert Roe, Jr.

1981 Floyd F. Sturtevant

1980 Evelyn R. Bank

1979 Shirley E. Richardson

1978 Samuel H. Perlmutter

1977 Sidney P. Harris

1976 Dorthea H. Hoffmann

1975 George W. Stapleton

1974 Wallace J. Gleekman

1973 Melvin Greenstadt