Picking up some tidbits that had gotten lost in the virtual dustbin, we’re delighted to honor Donna Jo Malkmus as 2014 High School Chemistry Teacher-of-the-Year.Donna has been a science teacher for the Francis Howell School District for 28 years and has been teaching chemistry for 27 of those years. She was selected as Francis Howell North Teacher-of-the-Year in 2010 and the Francis Howell School District Teacher-of-the-Year in 2012.
She is currently the regional science fair director for the Missouri Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair and has overseen the growth of that regional fair from 100 projects to 400 projects. She regularly sponsors students in science fair and has had at least 10 students compete at the Intel International Science fair with some students earning patents.
At Francis Howell North High School, she sponsors the science club which annually presents a chemistry “magic show” for 5th grade students at Henderson Elementary School. She is also sponsor of National Honor Society and is the treasurer of the Francis Howell Education Association. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on her alma mater, the University of Kentucky basketball team, as well as spending time with her husband and children, a son and identical twin daughters, who are all in college.