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Listing of recognitions for Dr. Mark Vondracek

Received a Ph.D., as well as his M.S. and B.S. in physics, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His graduate research was done in experimental high energy particle physics, using data from the CDF Collaboration at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) outside Chicago.

State and Local Awards:

Illinois State Board of Education Award of Excellence (2005)
     - Selected by state panel of peers
     - A Runner-up for Illinois Teacher of the Year (2005)
     - Those Who Excel Program: Evanston Township High School (ETHS) Teacher of the Year (2005;
        selected by superintendent)
     - Member of ILSTOY (Illinois State Teachers of the Year for finalists and TOY) and the NNSTOY        (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) (2016-Present)

Golden Apple Finalist Award (2010)
Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction (2010)
     - Nominated by families, selected by peers at Golden Apple Foundation

ETHS Teacher Excellence Award (2009)
    - Peer nominated and selected

Highest possible teacher rating for every evaluation cycle over 22 years of teaching
    - Administrations at ETHS and Chicago Public Schools

Make It Better Terrific Teacher Recognition (2010)
     - One of six North Shore teachers selected and featured by editors of Make It Better magazine;
        nominated by students and parents

Several hundred personal letters from students and parents

National Awards:

The following are nominated by former students, selected by panels of professors, college presidents and administrators, and college students:

National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Claes Nobel Teacher of Distinction (2011)
NSHSS Claes Nobel National Top Ten Teacher of the Year (2013)
Williams College Olmsted Award (2012)
MIT Inspirational Teacher Award (2013)
Society for Science and the Public (SSP) Advocate Grant winner (2015)
Finalist for Northwestern University Secondary Teaching Award (2012)

The following are awarded based on student performance:

Intel Science Talent Search Teacher of Merit (9-time winner)
Siemens Science Competition Teacher of Merit (7-time winner)
American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT) Excellence in Physics Teaching Award (2-time winner)
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Teacher Award (7-time winner, for having student win state)
Amherst College Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Award book recipient (2 times)
AAPT National Physics Teacher Grant (3-time winner)
Department of Energy Nuclear Science Grants (2-time winner)
Selected as one of ten Midwest teachers by Society for Science and the Public to be on an advisory committee for the Science Talent Search (2014)

International Awards and Recognition:

Top 50 Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize (2014-15)
Varkey Teacher Ambassador (2015 - Present)
Invited to and Attended first two VTA Leadership Summits in Dubai (March 2016, 2017)
Asked to be one of five VTA members of Varkey Advisory Group, (2016-17)
One of seven teachers representing the profession at the Clinton Global Initiative "A Celebration of Teachers" dinner, put on by the Varkey Foundation and Brookings Institution, 9/21/2016
Featured for STEM work in one of the largest South Korean newspapers (2013)

Other Awards/Recognition:

Interview in Physics Today (June, 2016). Glad to present some of the things going on in high school physics classes to the professional ranks.

Contacted by the Czech Republic Ambassador's Office at their U.S. embassy for biography, Encyclopedia of Czech American Biographies (2014-15)

Asked by Producer of the movie Flatland 2: Sphereland to be an educational consultant; this is a sequel to Flatland, The Movie, (2012, referred by a colleague). Over 2000 copies sold, viewed by estimated hundreds of thousands of students.

My classes were selected by a South Korean journalist team to be featured in articles done on computational thinking lessons in science in one of the largest Korean newspapers (2013)

Twice elected by community for four-year terms on the Woodland School District 50 School Board; served as Vice President (2009-13) and Board President (2013-15), representing 30,000 taxpayers and responsible for 6300 students, $85 million budget (2007 - 2015)

This class blog and over 95 physics how-to videos, viewed nearly 350,000 times by students and colleagues around the world (170 countries)

Author or Co-author of 110 education and physics research articles published in peer-reviewed journals; list available upon request (1994 - Present)

Peer reviewer for The Physics Teacher journal. This is the major journal for high school and introductory college physics teachers, through the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Lead teacher with iLab, CE21 (CT-STEM), GK-12 Reach for the Stars, EAGER: MAKER Instrumentation Project, and Project Excite projects at Northwestern University for a number of years. Each of these has implications for the larger education and learning community.

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