David Pinkus is in the running for NJ Teacher of the Year, to be named in October.
Pinkus has been teaching science for the past 12 years in New Jersey, most recently at the career academy on Kozloski Road, part of the Monmouth County Vocational School District
According to his biography, Pinkus holds a B.S. in GeoSciences from Penn State and is currently doing graduate work at the University of Virginia. He is a recipient of the Siemens Foundation Founder's Award, given for supporting student research in science and math.
NJ Education Commissioner Chris Cerf said in a statement Wednesday, "Each of us can recall special teachers who, through their knowledge and inspiration, helped us achieve greater heights as students and even played a role in shaping our future. These teachers are such an inspiration to their students, and to all of us here in New Jersey."
Biotech High School's website announced Pinkus's award in the spring.