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Tim Worthy Receives SAE Gary Dickinson Award for Teaching Excellence

Warrendale, PA, Nov. 12, 2003 - Tim Worthy, a seventh and eighth grade teacher at Lancaster Drive Public School in Kingston, Ontario, has been awarded the 2003 SAE Gary Dickinson Award for Teaching Excellence.

This annual award, recently established by the SAE Detroit Section, recognizes an outstanding middle school teacher and his or her school for the best use of the SAE Foundation's A World In Motion: Challenges 2 & 3 (AWIM) curriculum to further develop students' interest in math and science. It commemorates the life of Gary Dickinson, an automotive industry leader and long-time supporter of both SAE and its AWIM program.

"As a long-time friend of Gary's, I was pleased to learn that his memory will be honored through an award for teaching excellence," said Lloyd Reuss, former President of General Motors Corporation and former Chairman of SAE Foundation's AWIM Executive Committee. "Gary was dedicated to education and gave freely of his time to advance quality in the classroom."

To perpetuate Dickinson's work and dedication to the advancement of the mobility profession, the SAE Foundation presents the award that consists of a monetary gift of $2,000. This year's recipient is Tim Worthy.

Worthy has taught in schools in and around Kingston for over 16 years. He received his Bachelor's degree from Queen's University in Kingston and has been an active educator since his graduation. In addition to his teaching duties, Worthy coaches volleyball and track, is the father of two children, and is in the unique position of having a twin brother who also teaches in Kingston area.

"Tim epitomizes the type of teacher this award was designed to recognize," said Kathleen O'Connor Byrnes, SAE's K-12 education manager. "He's a great teacher."

A World In Motion was developed by SAE in 1990 and targets fourth through eighth grade students in an effort to develop increased interest in math and science. Applicants for the Dickinson Award are judged on the amount of effort they put into A World In Motion, the number of volunteers used in teaching the curriculum, and the quality of the students' experiences.