Pittsburgh SciTech Teacher Wins Biology Award

PITTSBURGH, July 1, 2015 — The National Association of Biology Teachers is pleased to present Dr. Edwina Kinchington from the Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy (SciTech) with the 2015 Pennsylvania Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. This honor, given annually since 1961, identifies a teacher from each of the United States, its possessions, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and Canada who has made valuable contributions to the profession and to his/her students. Criteria for the award include teaching ability, experience, inventiveness, initiative, inherent teaching strengths, and cooperativeness in the school and community.
Dr. Kinchington received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in molecular and cellular biology in 1991 and her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Edwina focused on cancer research for almost 18 years before pursuing and obtaining her teaching certification in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh department of Education. Dr. Kinchington began her secondary education teaching career at SciTech in 2009 where she presently teaches. Edwina serves as the high school science department chair and the instructional teacher leader of the Body and Behavior concentration which focuses on life sciences and biomedical technology as well as Advanced Placement Biology. Dr. Kinchington also serves as co-coordinator of SciTech’s senior research program called executive experience, and she serves as the advisor for the yearbook. Edwina has also been extremely active in the community working with academic and corporate partners to enhance opportunities for high school students throughout the Pittsburgh district in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She serves as an advisor for the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Scholars program in addition to collaborating with Principal Investigators both at Pitt and CMU to provide research opportunities for students in and out of the classroom.
Dr. Kinchington has been highly active in the area of professional growth throughout her teaching career. She has been a participant in numerous educational workshops, including the National Association of Biology Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association of Immunology, the International Society for Technology in Education, and the National Math and Science Initiative. She has shared her professional expertise by serving as a presenter at numerous venues, including the organizations previously mentioned. She continues to serve as a lead educator for the Pittsburgh area, continuing to translate her science expertise into practical, powerful educational materials, developing numerous laboratory investigations and student-centered activities for high school science curricula.

For her accomplishments and service, Edwina will be presented with her official award plaque at a special presentation given by the NABT at its 2015 National Convention in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to the certificate, she will receive a complimentary year membership in NABT, cash awards generously provided by Carnegie Mellon University and the Duquesne University Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, and additional gifts from various Science Education companies.
The NABT is extremely proud of her accomplishments, and the news of her award. State Director Mark Krotec said: “The Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy should be grateful and proud of the efforts of this gifted, innovative and dedicated educator. Edwina Kinchington’s commitment to science and science education has resulted in impressive student-based instruction and the establishment of powerful community educational relationships. She has successfully managed to lead her science department and surrounding educational area to adopt novel student-centered activities both in and outside of the classroom. Edwina has clearly set a high standard for life science education in the Pittsburgh area. Glowing tributes from her students and colleagues revealed great admiration of her work ethic, creativity, and a sincere desire to reach all of her students. Clearly, she continues to have a profound impact in an urban district reaching all students, as well as her professional colleagues. She is truly deserving of the Outstanding Biology Educator Award.”