Nelson Receives RadioShack National Teacher Award

RadioShack Corporation has presented a 2002 RadioShack National Teacher Award (RSNTA) to Fred Nelson, science teacher at Manhattan High School. Nelson received a $3,000 cash award, and was among 110 educators receiving RadioShack National Teacher Awards this year for demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence in mathematics, science or technology. In addition, Manhattan High School will receive a $500 RadioShack Tech Tool Grant. The school may use the grant to buy equipment, software or supplies to enhance the learning experience for students in the classroom.

Nelson and the other recipients of the RadioShack National Teacher Awards were recognized at the 80th National Council of Teachers of Mathematics convention in Las Vegas. Leonard Roberts, chairman and chief executive officer of RadioShack Corporation, presented the individual awards during a reception and dinner on April 22. The company also sponsored former U.S. senator and astronaut John Glenn as a keynote speaker at the convention. "The RadioShack National Teacher Awards program is RadioShack’s multi-year, multimillion dollar corporate citizenship effort to improve math, science and technology education," Roberts said. "By investing in teachers, RadioShack is strengthening communities and ensuring that more American youth prosper. We are committed to rewarding and retaining quality teachers, which is essential to the continuing growth and prosperity of our nation."

Nelson teaches physics and honors physics. A teacher for five years, Nelson earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and physics. He received an Innovation Grant from the NEA Foundation in 2001, and the American Association of Physics Teachers named him a Physics Teaching Resource Agent in 2000.

In addition, Nelson also works with the school’s theater department and serves as an actor and director for the Manhattan Community Theater.