Hammill also participates in the Reach program, which is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), of which he is an active member of the advisory board.
Hammill said receiving the prestigious award was a lesson in humility.
âWhen you read the other bios and what the other teachers’ plans are, you realize this is a top group of people,â Hammill said. âSome projects are quite complex and impressive. Having my name on the list was nice to be around these teachers.
The app took letters of recommendation, essays, and samples of the educational materials developed and used.
âThey just want to know what you’re doing, they have different categories to discuss how you meet the criteria they’re looking for,â Hammill said. âIt took a few hours to put the material together and submit it. Last year being a Covid year, I give extra credit to the teachers who went through this and gave it all back when they had extra stuff on their plates. “
He said his work, interests and efforts benefit his students.
âThis is the hope, this is the goal,â said Hammill.
Selection criteria are based on an exceptional record of teaching, innovation, achievement, service to the community and underserved populations, leadership, integration, samples of educational material and letters of support .