Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
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).
Oh hello there! I'm Jerry Kessler. I just graduated from the University of Minnesota in Morris with a degree in Physics and a minor in Chemistry. My philosophy on learning is this: If you can't grasp the concept, you will never comprehend the calculations. If you can grasp the concepts and make an accurate model, the calculations will be easy. I definitely consider myself a visual-based learner--I internalize graphs and models much easier than a description. I'm especially interested in material science, optics, and relativity. Let the learning begin!!! muahahaha!!