Head of the (A.P.) class

By Melissa Russell, GateHouse News Service

Malden - Malden High School math teacher Nick Lippman has joined the ranks of Malden faculty named as Teachers of the Year by the National Math and Science Initiative.

Lippman, named as one of only 23 Teachers of the Year for 2012, is the third Malden High School faculty member to receive kudos as a top teacher of Advanced Placement courses. He is one of only three named in New England for 2012, all who teach in Massachusetts public schools.

The NMSI is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving high school math and science achievement, and provides grants for AP teacher training. The awards were given to one teacher each in AP math, science and English from seven states that participate in the NMSI AP training and incentive programs.

Lippman received the award in the math category. He became aware of the nomination in February, and was honored to be named as one of the nation’s elite teachers.

Having worked with Lippman the past eight years at Malden High School, Principal Dana Brown said he’s been an asset.

“We’re pleased for Nick and the school,” said Brown. “He is a great teacher of students and of other adults. He has been able to raise the profile of the AP program for everyone involved. He is the third MHS teacher to win the award in the past few years, and we feel the awards speak to the quality of our staff.”

Past MHS winners are Jen Clapp and Chris Nagle, Brown said.

According to Lippman, Malden received a grant from NMSI enabling the district to collaborate with the Revere, Chelsea, and Winthrop schools to develop a strong AP curriculum and strategize best practices. The grant has enabled Malden to expand its AP program, offering calculus, statistics and computer science, recruit more students and offer practice sessions on Saturdays and during the summer, Lippman said.

“When students come home at Thanksgiving they often say how glad they are they took the AP courses, as they make them better prepared for college work,” Lippman said.

The NMSI was launched in 2007 by business, education and science leaders in response to the nation’s decline in math and science education. According to materials provided by NMSI, the organization provides an AP Training and Incentive Program to expand the number of high school students taking college-level AP courses in math and science.

Additionally, it runs the UTeach program, recruiting students to become math, science and computer science teachers. The program counts the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Exxon Mobil Corporation and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation among its founding sponsors.

The awards recognize the “remarkable contributions” of teachers of Advanced Placement math, science and English who participate in NMSI’s Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program, according to Andrea LePain, spokesperson for the NMSI. Lippman was singled out for his efforts to reach out to students with disabilities, parental outreach and to “ensure at-risk students have the best opportunities possible,” LePain said.

The award winners receive a cash prize, and will be recognized at a presentation in Washington, D.C., later this month.

“These teachers have demonstrated a total commitment to their students' academic growth and are truly role models for the other teachers participating in NMSI’s APTIP,” said Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, president and CEO of NMSI. “Their efforts continue to drive impressive results by their students and inspire other teachers.”