Recognizing Teaching Excellence

Recognizing Teaching Excellence
Renee Locker, science chairperson at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, was honored on Feb. 27 with a Town of Babylon Excellence in Education Award.

An educator for more than 20 years, Locker became chairperson at the high school in 2010, when she started the science research program. She set out to develop a viable and competitive program, initiating grassroots fundamental science concepts as the basis of the program. Over the years, Locker has spent countless hours growing Copiague’s presence in the science community.

During her seven years at the helm of the science research program, the district has consistently achieved the highest honors at the Babylon Covanta Science Fair, Long Island Science Congress, Molloy College Science Fair and the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. This school year, Copiague had two students honored as Siemens semifinalists.