Paul M. Mello teaches basic physics, advanced physics and grade-nine science at Middletown High School. Rhode Island's runner up for NASA's Teacher in Space Program, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 1988, and was named Rhode Island Teacher of the Year in 1989. Mr. Mello is a versatile contributor to the educational experience of his students. In conjunction with the Everett Dance Theater, he initiated a program to break down barriers between science and art that illustrated basic principles of physics in the process. He is a 1986 winner of the Sigma Xi Society of Research Scientists' Excellence in Science Teaching Award, and a videotape he produced of a drinking and driving experiment is now used each year in driver education classes.