Floyd  Holt

Physics, Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, Hyde Park, NY

Total years as a classroom teacher: 33


Rutger’s University Master Teacher 1978
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Master Teacher 1975
SUNY New Paltz Master of Science, Education 1973
Marist College Bachelor of Science, Physics 1968

Teaching Experience

2000 Freshman, Physics, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York
1969 – 2000 Grades 11 & 12, Reagents and AP Physics, F. D. Roosevelt High School, Hyde Park, New York
1990 Grades 7 & 8, Robotics and Physics, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
1968-1968 Grade 10, Honors Math and Trigonometry, F.D. Roosevelt High School, Hyde Park, New York

Special Recognition

2000 USA Teacher Team for the United States
1995 Walt Disney American Teacher in Science for the United States
1994 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math in the USA
1994 Physics Teacher Resource Agent for the United States
1993 Technology & Learning New York State Teacher of the Year
1992 Who’s Who Among American Teachers
1991 Xerox Corporation Recognition Award for Excellence—Hyde Park
1990 New York State Science Mentor Award
1990 IBM Teacher of the Year
1990 Westinghouse Science Talent Seach Certificate of Honor
1987 Rutgers University National Master Teacher
1985 Princeton Woodrow Wilson National Fellow
1984 Tandy Technology Scholar
1981 Science Teachers Association of New York State Teacher of the Year
1975 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Master Teacher in Science


  • Floyd says for him, teaching has become the most exhilarating, heart pounding, yet humbling experience.
  • He believes science teachers put minds into action as cosmic
    detectives who leave their comfort zone to explore the mysterious
    complexities of the universe; they do what only a teacher can do.

“That Floyd Holt is among the finest physics teachers in the country,
there can be no doubt.  One only needed to walk through his
‘Spaceship Classroom of the Future’ to realize that Floyd is a person
dedicated to making his teaching an exciting adventure for his students
as well as a great learning experience.”

George Amann, Physics Teacher, F. D. Roosevelt High School

“…In my estimation there is no other teacher quite like Floyd. 
He has the ability to connect with his students in almost magical
ways.  His innovative style combined with his ‘hands-on’ approach
to learning captures the imagination of his students.”

 Douglas H. Hieter, Board of Education Trustee, Hyde Park Central School District