Grade(s): Middle School / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
School: St. Josaphat School
Math and Science Teacher at MICDS. B.Ed Math and Science graduate from the University of Regina.
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 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!
With 25 years of experience teaching chemistry, physical science and physics, Carolyn Fruin believes greater academic success can be achieved when students and teachers have the capacity to interact and share ideas, both inside and outside the classroom. Carolyn has been involved in the development of online learning platforms, has written and evaluated state and national science curriculum, and has developed large scale professional development programs for teachers at all levels. She has presented on integrating instructional technology at multiple conferences and has helped districts launch digital initiatives successfully. Carolyn is a College Board Table Leader for Advanced Placement Chemistry, served as an online mentor for the New Teacher Center, and co-facilitates Secondary Chemistry Instructor institutes at local universities in Minnesota. Her current position is in the School of Education at Capella University, an online competency-based institution. As a lead curriculum writer and course developer, she manages the creation of professional development, Master’s degree specializations and doctoral programs in digital transformation
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I enjoy solving math problems as well as the learning experience of academics.