Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
School: SOUTH ST. PAUL SECONDARY, SOUTH SAINT PAUL MN
I love chemistry. It is everywhere, in the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the things you have and the energy you need. I taught International Baccalaureate Chemistry, Standard and Higher Level for over fifteen years. Science education is for all people, so they can gain an understanding of the world around them. The Sophia format is an exciting way for people to learn about science in their own time and in their own way. I hope this format will inspire people to pursue science as a career. The new scientific ideas come about through learning what we currently know and investigating about the unknown. I was given a Fellowship at Rockefeller University Teacher Outreach Program, New York, NY. There I work in Bruce S. McEwen’s Lab on a project investigating the affect of neglect on the brain chemistry of mice and in Joshua Lederberg Lab’s on the fractal growth of bacillus bacteria. It was very exciting working with scientists on their investigations. I have a BS in Chemistry Education with minors in Physics and Mathematics Education from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. I have a MS in Early Adolescent Education from Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY and my master’s thesis is “Evaluation of Mentorship Program for Science Teachers” (1994). I earned my Ed.D. from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, my doctoral dissertation is: “In Their Own Voices: African American Students Talk About Rigorous Course Work, With a Focus on Science” (2008).
I have been teaching high school science in Minnesota since January of 2002. Most of my teaching experience has been with at-risk student populations. This means that I have had to teach science to students who didn't usually want to be in school. I have enjoyed this challenge and have learned immensely from it. Making science relevant to my students is my main goal and I hope that some of those tendencies are found in any packets I create on Sophia.
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.
I am a chemistry instructor at a local university.
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!