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Hathaway Brown Teacher Receives SAE Award for Teaching Excellence

WARRENDALE, Pa., Dec. 11, 2006 -

Nicole TrombettaNicole Trombetta of Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, has been selected to receive SAE International’s Gary Dickinson Award for Teaching Excellence.  She will be presented her award at the SAE 2007 World Congress in Detroit, April 16-19.

The award, established in 2001, recognizes a middle school teacher who has made creative and exemplary use of SAE International’s A World In Motion (AWIM) program to further develop students' understanding and experience in math and science.  The award commemorates Gary Dickinson, an automotive industry leader who played a major role in the development of AWIM for middle school students.

Trombetta teaches eighth grade science at Hathaway Brown, an independent girls' school.  A firm believer in the use of technology to promote female interest in science, Trombetta redesigned her course to focus on introductory physics and engineering.  Her students have been using AWIM Challenge 2 since 2004.  Prior to joining Hathaway Brown, Trombetta taught high school biology and chemistry at Wesleyan School in Norcross, Ga.

Trombetta earned a bachelor's of science from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.  She also holds a master's in microbiology and immunology from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and a master's in science education from Montana State University-Bozeman.