WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange High School chemistry teacher Dr. Ronald Brandt has received a $1,000 Educator Conference Grant from the National Society of High School Scholars. The award, created by the society in 2014, recognizes the contributions of outstanding high school teachers and counselors and enables them to gain new knowledge and skills by attending professional conferences.
Brant said he will use his grant to present his research at the annual American Society for Engineering Education Conference in Seattle this June.
"Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence and personal growth deserve our highest praise and appreciation," said NSHSS President James W. Lewis. ”It is very gratifying to provide them with meaningful opportunities to enhance their professional development."
"I am very proud of Mr. Brandt," said West Orange High School Principal Hayden Moore. "He is one of our most dedicated teachers and deserves this grant, which he will put to good use. He has truly earned the recognition as an outstanding and committed educator."
K-12 Supervisor of Science Stephanie Suriano said she was pleased to hear of Brandt's award, "Dr. Brandt's ability to motivate and excite students about chemistry and engineering is unparalleled. He is an integral part of the Institute of Mathematics and Science at West Orange High School, a small learning community that fosters students' interest in STEM careers. Dr. Brandt is a brilliant man and gifted educator."
Brandt is a member of NSHSS's Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction program, which gives student members of NSHSS the opportunity to recognize one educator who has made the most significant contribution to his/her academic career.
He earned his Ph.D in Higher Education from Seton Hall University, with a focus on increasing the number of women participating in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors. He is the founding advisor of the WOHS Science National Honor Society, the author of the district curriculum for Research Methods Seminar, and has developed web quests and website-based projects for his students. He has also held senior level management positions in the consumer products and pharmaceutical industries.