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Mr. Papadonis is inducted into Science Hall of Fame! December 8, 2009

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Last month at Bridgewater State College, Mr. Papadonis was inducted as a member of the Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators.

Dr. Conti, Mr. Papadonis, Ms. Pavlicek and Mrs. Marchand at the ceremony

 The Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators was established in 1991.  Its purpose is to honor Science Educators who made significant contributions to Science Education in the State of Massachusetts.

 Mr. Papadonis was nominated by Thomas Vaughn, president of the Massachusetts Science Educators Hall of Fame, Dr. Joel Rubin, past director of teacher services at the New England Aquarium and Dr. Dave Lyons, president of the Massachusetts Science Supervisors Organization. 

Mr. Vaughn inducts Mr. Papadonis into Hall of Fame

Papadonis grew up in Needham, MA and attended Needham Public Schools.  At the age of 16, he became an aide at the Needham Science Center.  He also taught at Marshall Simonds Middle School from 1972 to 1984.  Mr. Papadonis opened up the Burlington Science Center in 1984.

Mr. Papadonis demonstrates the Tesla Coil

Mr. Papadonis credits his success in learning from his two mentors, Larry White and Norm Harris, and his many years at the Burlington Science Center and New England Aquarium.


1. Alison Varrell - December 9, 2009

Science is life!!! Congratulations, Mr. Papadonis, on an award well-deserved. The children and faculty of Burlington are very lucky to have such a fantastic scientific resource to learn from and be inspired by. You’re the best!

2. Karen Thomas McDaniel NHS Class of 68 - December 10, 2009

John–What an honor! Congratualtions! Needham HIgh has given many of us a good foundation. Obviously you ‘ran with it’!
Best Wishes.

3. Lorna Leo - December 17, 2009

Congratulations John! This is so well deserved! You inspired me as a student in college and continue to inspire me through your trainings! As an educator of young children, I often incorporate science activities that you taught me, into the classroom! Best wishes for continued success!

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