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Amelia Strickland

Amelia StricklandAmelia Strickland has been a high school teacher for 10 years. Mrs. Strickland teaches Biology and AP Environmental Science at Orange High School in the City of Orange. She is passionate about creating real-world learning opportunities for her students that allow them to learn through experience and develop their critical thinking skills. With Orange County Coastkeeper, her students develop a Community Action Project each year, completing research, interviews, and stewardship action to benefit the watersheds around of the area of Orange. With the Newport Beach Surfrider chapter, her students conduct water testing that follows their local watershed to its outflow in Huntington Beach. Her Biology students also participate in the Amgen Biotech Experience, a three week biotechnology laboratory.

Mrs. Strickland was the 2008 Orange High School Teacher of the Year, 2008 Orange Unified School District Teacher of the Year, and received the ATSC Orange County’s Golden Touch Award. Mrs. Strickland has contributed to the OHS community in a variety of ways, including participation on the Instructional Leadership Team, Math and Science Leadership Initiative, Teacher Innovator Program, and Common Core Science Initiative. She has been a BTSA consulting teacher, mentoring new science teachers as they begin their careers, and Science Department chair at OHS.

Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Strickland advises the Sophomore Class Council and the “Orange Goes Green” Environmental Club. She has coached cross country and track & field, and is currently in her tenth year of coaching the girls’ soccer team. Mrs. Strickland is also an event coach for the OHS Science Olympiad team. These past two years, she has focused on developing more “21st Century Learning” opportunities for her students and is currently working on a project to enable her students to assist professors at Chapman University with their research on various projects.

Mrs. Strickland earned her B.S. in Physiological Science from UCLA and her teaching credential from Chapman University.