A high school science teacher has been named New York state’s teacher of the year. Billy Green, a science teacher at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in Harlem is known for being able to connect chemistry to the daily lives of his students. For example, Green addressed a recent contaminated water scare at a local public housing development, which prompted him to start a testing project where students bring in water samples from their homes. 

Lester Young, the chairman of the state Board of Regents who gave the award, said that Green “understands that for young people to flourish, they need to feel involved, appreciated, and valued. Many of his students likely see themselves in him, and Mr. Green is a dynamic and caring role model.” Read more about Green and his amazing work here.

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