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Notre Dame Names Northfield Teacher as Finalist for AP Science Teacher of the Year

Sabrina LeMaster

Sabrina LeMaster, a science teacher at Northfield Jr/Sr High School, has been named one of three finalists for the 2020 AP Science Teacher of the Year by the University of Notre Dame’s Advanced Placement Teacher Investment Program (AP-TIP).

Mrs. LeMaster has been teaching for over 17 years and is currently in her eighth year at Northfield. She teaches seventh grade STEM, Biology I, and AP Biology. Three years ago, Mrs. LeMaster began teaching AP Biology, and in the past two years alone Northfield’s passing scores of the AP Biology exam have more than doubled.

The AP Biology exam is extremely difficult and covers the college-level biology curriculum the students learn throughout the school year.

Sabrina stated, “I don't feel as though I have done anything extraordinary. I have just done what all educators are doing during this very difficult time, my best. I owe a big thank you to the Notre Dame AP-TIP IN Program for making my best, better.”

Since 2012, AP-TIP has worked with high schools in Indiana to increase student enrollment in AP math, science, and English courses and to increase the number of qualifying scores on AP exams for those courses. Over those eight years, Indiana high schools participating in AP-TIP have repeatedly shown gains in enrollment and scores. Both Northfield and Southwood High Schools participate in AP-TIP.

Teachers in AP math, science, and English courses from 2020 cohort schools were named as finalists based on growing the number of students in their AP courses, their students’ success in the courses and exams, and contributions to the program.