Boston teacher wins prestigious award at WFU

Joy Bautista, who has been a teacher in the Boston area for the past five years, most recently at the Boston Arts Academy, is one of two recipients of the 2003 Marcellus E. Waddill Excellence in Teaching Awards at Wake Forest University.

Bautista accepted the $20,000 award during the university’s Fall Convocation Oct. 9. The Rev. Timothy L. Auman, who was appointed chaplain at the university in July, was the keynote speaker for the convocation in Wait Chapel.

Wake Forest annually recognizes alumni who are outstanding teachers with Waddill awards. One primary school and one secondary school teacher are chosen each year.

Bautista, who was recognized on the secondary level, graduated from Wake Forest in 1998 with a master of arts degree in education. She teaches science courses in physics and chemistry at Boston Arts Academy and was recognized with the award for her strong work in the classroom, school-wide leadership and curriculum development.

She was instrumental in getting funding for a water quality testing project from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others. She presented this curriculum initiative nationwide to teachers in Seattle and internationally at a science conference in England.

David Waddill of Rye, N.Y., established the awards in 1994 to honor his father, Marcellus E. Waddill of Winston Salem, who retired in 1997 after teaching mathematics at Wake Forest for 35 years.

Nominees for the awards must submit lesson plans, letters of recommendation and essays. Finalists are interviewed and submit a videotape of their teaching.

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