Aimee Brinkley, Arkansas’s 2016 Outstanding Biology Teacher
The National Association of Biology Teachers, in conjunction with Carolina Biological Supply Company, Leica Microsystems is pleased to present Aimee Brinkley with the 2016 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. This honor, given annually since 1961, identifies a teacher from each of the United State, its possessions, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and Canada who has made valuable contributions to the profession and to his/her students. Criteria for the award include teaching ability, experience, inventiveness, initiative, inherent teaching strengths, and cooperativeness in the school and community.
Aimee Brinkley is a biology teacher at Northside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Ms. Brinkley received her Bachelor of Life Science and Earth Science Education from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR in 2003. Certified to teach life and earth science, Ms. Brinkley also earned a graduate certificate in teaching Advanced Placement Biology in December of 2010.
She has taught at Northside High School since 2004 and has taught biology, Pre-AP Biology, and AP Biology. She serves as the AP Lead Teacher, overseeing the four AP Science courses offered at Northside. She also serves on vertical teams with area junior high school teachers to plan curriculum for students. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Brinkley serves as Senior Council Sponsor and on the school’s Leadership Team.
Ms. Brinkley also earned her National Board Certification in 2014.
A special presentation will be given by the National Association of Biology Teachers at its National Conference in November 3-6, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. In addition to the certificates awarded, Ms. Brinkley will be presented with a gift certificate from Carolina Biological Supply Company, microscope from Leica Microsystems, Inc., and a year’s complimentary membership in NABT.
The National Association of Biology Teachers and the Arkansas Chapter are extremely proud of Ms. Brinkley’s accomplishments, and the news of her award. “Such accomplishments and awards should make not only Ms. Brinkley’s school district but the entire state proud. She is a priceless member of the education community,” Mary Katherine Parson, OBTA Director for the State of AR, said.