Science teacher Matthew R. Dugan makes science exciting for his students at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Boston. As science fair coordinator, Dugan has not only increased the number of students participating in the fair, but has also helped more students advance to the state competition, where they won third place in 2006 and second place in 2007. Dugan has also spent a great deal of time after school helping and motivating students to design and build robots through the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Program, which he brought to Madison Park two years ago. He has chaired the science department for the past five years, including during a crucial accreditation review, and is a member of the school's Instructional Leadership Team. His innovative approach to teaching science has helped improve student test scores in biology, chemistry and physics, and has inspired many of his students to study science in college and seek careers in the fields of science.
1998 Daemen College, B.S.