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I am originally from Guyana, South America. I came to the U.S in 1991 and lived in Brooklyn, New York for about four years before moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota where I currently live.
I went to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where I attended the Institute of Technology and received degrees in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering.
I currently work as a Learning Coach at Sophia and am pursing a masters degree in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University.
My goal for Sophia is to provide a clear understanding of math and science concepts by relating them to elementary ideas. My hope is that the method(s) I employ will make what seem to be very complex ideas much more approachable and appreciated.
Ellen Akers is a Physics and pre-AP Physics teacher at Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas. She received her M.Ed. from Lamar University and is anxious to begin work on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Ellen has taught 8th grade Science as well as Chemistry and Physics. She has served on the Superintendent’s Council, textbook adoption committee and Leadership Academy. In addition to teaching, Ellen is often tutoring students or serving as a parent volunteer in the school district where her daughter Alexa is a 6th grader. She has also been busy serving as a trainer for the district wide tablet roll-out in addition to presenting professional development on flipping the classroom
Curious human, educator, and creative thinker. Paul was a classroom educator for a 7 years with a focus on tech-integration and authentic student learning and assessment. He's passionate about taking learning outside the textbook and classroom into the real world (whether that be the digital world or physical one). He has knowledge of many of the social sciences including Sociology, Psychology, and World History. Paul has spoken to a number of audiences about how technology can improve student's learning and experience with education. Outside of the classroom your most likely to find Paul on a soccer pitch, behind a camera, or glued to his ipad.
I graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S in Chemistry and Mathematics along with an education certification. My career began in Utah teaching junior high math and high school chemistry. I spent 22 years in the classroom as a science teacher in the Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan School District. I have taught physics, AP, honors, general and concept level Chemistry. Currently, I am a Professional Development Specialist working in the School of Education at Capella University. During the summer, I facilitate week long workshops for new and experienced chemistry teachers at Hamline University with Prof. Matt Morgan. As a team, we cover content as well as current best practices in the science classroom including inquiry and digital resources. I am also employed by the College Board as an AP Chemistry Consultant where I facilitate day-long to week-long workshops for classroom teachers. I believe one of the best ways to improve my professional practice is to network with teachers from all over the country and I enjoy the opportunities this provides.
I have always had a passion for both medicine and education. I come from a family of educators and I’ve always known that I can combine the two in my professional pursuits. Today, I am both a practicing general surgeon as well as a Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. A few years ago, having taught hundreds of general surgery residents, I realized that I have the opportunity, through online learning, to help my students better prepare for the procedures they would perform the next day. So, I started creating video tutorials and assigned them to my students to review the night before surgery. After producing hundreds of these, several of my students, interns, and fellow Mayo colleagues suggested that there could be a much larger audience for these tutorials. That’s when I got the idea for making my tutorials available for free to the public. Not only could I reach more medical students, beyond my Mayo residents, I could hopefully be reaching people interested in going into the medical field – our doctors and nurses of the future. Most of all, I want to help educate people about common surgical procedures, hopefully making people better health consumers. I was introduced to Sophia in 2012 and that’s when my vision for social education and medicine came together. I’ve made a few of my hundreds of surgical procedures available for free on Sophia to anyone with an interest to learn about them. In the process, my hope is that these tutorials will play some part in getting more people interested in going into medicine and that they help produce not only the best medical professionals in the world but the most trusted caregivers as well. Professional highlights: - Distinguished Educator, Mayo Clinic, 2002 - Program Director, General Surgery Residency, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, 1997-2011 Education: - Residency – General Surgery Mayo Clinic in Rochester - Research Fellowship – Endocrinology Mayo Clinic in Rochester - Residency – General Surgery Mayo Clinic in Rochester - M.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison - B.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison
I am a Chemistry teacher at Maple Grove Senior High in Maple Grove, MN. I love working with students and believe that challenging students at their ability level is important to get them ready for post high school success. An appropriate level of challenge helps you learn time management and study skills! I am a visual learner, but I try to remember that not everyone can be successful by just reading information. I love science, and believe that science and technology are important fields for all students to study. My hobbies involve reading and gardening, along with camping and enjoying the outdoors. One of my favorite places to camp is the North Shore of Lake Superior. My daughter is my camping companion most of the time, and our goal is to camp and hike in every state. We have been to many, but still have quite a lot to go!
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