Press Release – Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (R-Ocean) presented the 17th Annual “Excellence in Education Award” during a ceremony recently at Toms River High School North to retired Physics teacher Pamela Dixon Kuhn.
The 10th District Legislators present the award annually to the elementary, middle school or high school teacher within the district who best exemplifies commitment and dedication to classroom teaching.
“After reviewing Ms. Dixon Kuhn’s resume it is obvious that her commitment to teaching extends beyond the classroom. In addition to teaching Physics, she was the leader of the Authentic Science Research program and the yearbook advisor for 20y years,” said Wolfe.
Ms. Dixon Kuhn is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she obtained her Bachelor of Science and Secondary Education Science degrees. She returned to school and acquired a Master of Science Degree at Walden University in Minneapolis. During her career at Toms River North, she began to teach Authentic Science Research, a three-year program where students participate in scientific research as a part of their high school experience. As the result of this program, two of her students were invited, in two separate years, to be the first high school students ever to present their work at a National Cancer Conference in Florida.
“This award is presented each year to the teacher in our district who is a highly respected and valued member of their school district,” said McGuckin. “Ms. Dixon Kuhn has proven to go above and beyond for her students through her dedication to science and education. Her program better prepares students for college and their future careers. She is a reflection of the outstanding level of education at the Toms River School District and the State of New Jersey. We extend our sincere best wishes to her in all of her future endeavors.”