Northwest Region Glenn & Jane Crosby Award for Excellence in High School Teaching Award Recipient:

E. Ann Nalley Northwest Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society Award Recipient:

CHED Award – Brett Taylor, Sentential High School, Missoula, MT

Martha Dibble, Portland Local Section



2013 E. Ann Nalley Northwest Region Award for

Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society

Martha has served as Chair-elect and Chair 2000-2001 and Secretary 2004-2013 of the Portland Local Section. Among her accomplishments are the incorporation of the local section, all of the section communications with members into the digital age, distribution of 300 copies of the Merck Index to high schools throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, submission of numerous successful local section grant proposals, distribution of certificates of achievement to high school chemistry students throughout the local section, and judging for ACS awards at the Intel Northwest Science Fairs.   Martha has served on the organizing committees on NORM 1999 and NORM 2011, both held in Portland, and has been of invaluable service to NORM 13 as editor and production coordinator of our program book. 




2013 Division of Chemical Education Glenn  & Jane Crosby Northwest Region Award

for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching

Brett graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1978 earning a B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry. After a variety of jobs with the National Park Service and the California Department of Fish & Game, he discovered his true passion in 1982 when he began his teaching career at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley, California. His first job involved teaching biology, chemistry, AP chemistry, and coaching basketball. In 1990, he moved his young family to the northern Rocky Mountains of west-central Montana and settled in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. The move to Montana gave him the opportunity to become involved with the Montana High School Chemistry Project through the University of Montana in Missoula. During his ten years with this project, his has been part of a curriculum development team that is providing guided inquiry based chemistry lessons to high school teachers throughout the state. He is currently working at Sentinel High School in Missoula where he teaches chemistry I and II and  “I find I enjoy working with and guiding my students just as much as I did when started teaching 31 years ago” . He and Leslie, his wife of  33 years have two grown sons, Zach and Derek.

Congratulations to our 2013 Awards Recipients!