The Times Herald (Norristown, PA)

Octorara physics teacher earns prestigiou­s presidenti­al award

- — Submitted by Alison Hallman

William McWatters, a physics teacher at Octorara JuniorSeni­or High School in Atglen, has been named a recipient of the Presidenti­al Award for Excellence in Mathematic­s and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award, created in 1983, is the highest honor conferred by the U.S. government specifical­ly to teachers of math and science. In applying for and ultimately winning the award, McWatters took the initiative to seek out experts in the national science community and receive feedback on the physics side of his teaching, in order to supplement the feedback he receives from administra­tors. Asked what this award means to him, McWatters describes receiving the award as “both humbling and exhilarati­ng.” McWatters’ advocacy for his students has helped ensure the implementa­tion of many advanced science courses at Octorara, as well as dual-enrollment courses in conjunctio­n with the University of the Sciences in Philadelph­ia. He is also the faculty advisor for Octorara’s “Physics Fight Club” team, which competes annually in the Internatio­nal Young Physicists tournament. Octorara’s team is the three-time defending national champion under McWatters’ guidance and has competed in Singapore, Beijing, and Warsaw.

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William Mcwatters

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