Derek Burkins was honored at the 2021 Fall Annual Meeting of the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering on September 22nd. Mr. Burkins teaches Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science at the Thetford Academy in Thetford, VT where he serves as Coordinator/Chair of the Science Department. His teaching philosophy centers on what intrinsically motivates his students to learn relevant scientific concepts that can foster their development as effective communicators, and confident life-long learners.