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Cinnamon Frame


Subject(s): Honors Chemistry and Physics, AP Physics

Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12


Location: NC


My name is Cinnamon Frame and I have lived in the Cleveland Community for 18 years. This past summer, my husband and I moved to Durham. I grew up in Raleigh and graduated from Millbrook Senior High School. I am originally from Knoxville, TN and have lived in Los Angeles and Dallas.

My undergraduate degree was from North Carolina State University in Zoology and after I graduated I spent a few years working in toxicology at the US EPA and at NIEHS in the Research Triangle Park. I enjoyed my work there. My favorite study involved breeding male wild-type mice with female transgenic tumor-prone mice to follow the tumor-prone trait through the generations (These were the days before DNA sequencing was easy and cheap). Those wild-type mice bounce around like popcorn and the F1's did, too!

After I became a mother, I took a few years off from research and then thought I might try teaching - so I enrolled in the NC TEACH program through UNC Chapel Hill. That was in 2000 and I have been teaching ever since. Since then, I have also earned a graduate certificate in Academically and Intellectually Gifted Instruction from UNC Charlotte and my Master's of Education in Science Education from North Carolina State University. I have taught middle grades science, community college courses, teacher training institutes, summer camps and high school courses including earth science, biology, chemistry and physics. Of these, I think teaching physics is my favorite. My children are both currently in college. We are a house divided, my son graduated from NCSU and my daughter from UNC-Chapel Hill. My daughter is a now comp sci professional here in the RTP, and my son is in graduate school at Michigan State.

Favorite Subjects

Chemistry, Physical Sciences, Physics, Biology


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