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Pueblo teacher honored for great chemistry

Posted November 8, 2013

Wilma Amaro, a science teacher at Pueblo Magnet High School, has been honored for her success with teaching chemistry to a diverse population of students.

The American Chemistry Society awarded Amaro the 2013 Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences at a conference this month. Amaro received a plaque and $1,000 grant to further her work.

"She is a brilliant chemist, and dedicated teacher/mentor to all our high school students at Pueblo," says Pueblo principal Vivi Watt. "There is no better teacher to represent our school and its values than Wilma Amaro," Watts says.

Amaro has taught science at Pueblo since 1988. In her time there, she has created an advanced chemistry curriculum specifically for students who aren’t fluent in English. The curriculum uses high-level teaching techniques that prepare the students for college.

She also developed after school and summer programs for students who were struggling with science, organized a Science Night for students, parents and members of the community. Since 2011, Amaro has taught a dual enrollment class; students who pass a test at the end of the course can earn five college credits.

Amaro is also an adjunct professor at Pima Community College. She teaches general chemistry at the Desert Vista Campus.