I have been working in science and math education for over 20 years. I started as an undergraduate, first as a grader, and then later as a tutor and teaching assistant. I discovered that I loved working with students and helping them to understand physics, to solve problems, and to develop the habits that would let them succeed. When it came time to decide between careers, I decided to give teaching a try. I gained experience in the classroom, went back to school for a masterâ€™s in teaching...
I have been working in science and math education for over 20 years. I started as an undergraduate, first as a grader, and then later as a tutor and teaching assistant. I discovered that I loved working with students and helping them to understand physics, to solve problems, and to develop the habits that would let them succeed. When it came time to decide between careers, I decided to give teaching a try. I gained experience in the classroom, went back to school for a masterâ€™s in teaching with a physics specialization, and have kept at this work ever since. Of my over 20 years working in physics education, 12 of those years have been in the classroom. This experience has mostly been in high schools, but 2 of those twelve years are in teaching middle school, and another 2 are in teaching at a university. This has given me an excellent perspective on the trajectory of learning that occurs for students in science education and what it takes for a student to move from one level to the next. Over the years, I have truly enjoyed watching my students learn and grow, and I have been happy to see so many of them go on to be successful in their lives.
Working in physics education has also taken me in some interesting directions. At one point, I had an opportunity to work as the content lead for the new edition of a high school physics textbook (Physics: Principles and Problems) as well as work as a chapter editor for the new edition of a middle school science textbook (Glencoe Physical Science). Later, I was able to work as a technical editor for some of the Physics for Dummies books. These days, I often work as a copy editor on physics education research papers. Doing this kind of content creation and editorial work has helped me to better appreciate the importance of clear and effective communication when imparting skills and knowledge as well as the importance of knowing how to apply research-based best practices with students. However, working with students directly continues to be where my real joy and passion are.