Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
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
A student of a high school. Love to watch and learn on SOPHIA. Want some friends on this site.
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.
After spending more than 20 years in the food and beverage industries, I became a teacher 3 years ago. I love science, learning and technology. I am doing my best to bring myself into the 21st century for myself and my students but the learning curve is very steep......... I am definitely intrigued with the whole concept of the flipped classroom and want to learn more.
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.