Grade(s): Middle School
School: CRABAPPLE MIDDLE SCHOOL, Roswell GA
My name is Carrie Porter, and the 2012-2013 school year marks my thirteenth year as a teacher. I taught eight years at Crabapple before moving to Louisville, KY, last year. Prior to CMS, I spent three years in the Cobb County School District. I also taught for two years in Memphis, Tennessee.
I attended the University of Memphis and earned a bachelor's degree in Human Learning and Development in 1998, my teaching credentials, and a master's degree in Educational Leadership in 2009. I returned to school at North Georgia College and State University earning my Educational Specialist degree in December of 2010. I am looking into getting my doctorate sometime in the next few years.
I am passionate about educational technology. Whether students are podcasting, blogging, or creating iPod flash cards, I'm always searching for new ways to incorporate technology into my teaching. My philosophy is best summed up the following way: technology has the power to engage students, and students are already using the Web and iPods anyway…so I want to do everything I can find to pull students into learning.
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.