Linda M. Kelly, a chemistry teacher at Marshall High School, is one of two San Antonio high school science educators to be named winner of the 2011 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She was chosen from 19 distinguished educators who were nominated by their school districts in recognition of outstanding performance in public education. After teaching 23 years, Kelly still proclaims, "Chemistry is my love."
Clad in a starched white lab coat, Kelly starts each class year by writing "Chem-is-try" on the board. From that moment, chemistry students know they must show effort, and she makes it easy by engaging them with scientific pop culture references to Power Rangers or Twilight characters, measuring different temperatures of glow-in-the-dark bracelets, or using frozen meat to illustrate the properties of frost.