The first ten years of my teaching career I taught middle school science. Then, I transferred to high school where I have been teaching chemistry for the last eleven years. I enjoyed my time teaching middle school, but I have found my home with my high school students and the subject that I’m passionate about! It is exhilarating to inspire students to become curious about, just be awe-struck by, and possibly love themselves- chemistry!
But, I’m also very fascinated by the art of teaching-the pedagogy. I am always curious to find better ways and best practices to educate students. What little tweak or modification will make the difference? How can I constantly keep in mind the needs and challenges of my top students, while engaging my lower level students.
I have had quite a few student teachers over the years, which also brought into the mix the challenges of teaching new teachers. To that end, I have discovered my second passion in preparing new secondary science teachers for their new careers. And, since the number of college graduates choosing to teach secondary science is dwindling by the year, I take this as a very important effort for all of us involved in science education.
Seeing where my career was leading me, I returned to school and got my masters degree in curriculum and instruction, specializing in 7-12 science education. Now days, I still work at inspiring my own students, but I also work with new teachers, and teachers that are teaching chemistry for the first time.
The left side of my brain allows my nerdiness to shine! I’ve always been drawn to math and science. I just love the logic of it all, and I love putting together how things are so intertwined in the world–it’s just so amazing, miraculous, and I just stand in awe at times.
But the right side of my brain has always battled it out with my left brain, straining with creativity that must have an outlet! Curriculum development is a perfect match! I’m still working with science, but I can use my creativity to develop lessons that really deliver results, and allow me to continue to research the art of pedagogy-continuously on the hunt for best practices that match the teenage mind!
But, most importantly, Chemistry Corner was created out of a passion to help teachers. Starting out as a new teacher, or even a veteran teaching assigned to teach chemistry for the first time, can be very overwhelming, and especially trying on your family. I just hate the idea of teachers spending 60, 70, or even 80 hours a week on lesson planning! I know- I’ve been there!
My goal is to alleviate that stress, help you feel more confident, use tools that will truly have your student’s mastery of chemistry concepts sore!
With Chemistry Corner, I hope to build a strong supportive community of teachers- teachers that are in your same situation. I see a community of teachers that will be encouraging, collaborative, understanding, and stimulating as we push ourselves towards excellence in the classroom, and inspiring the young scientific mind!