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Illinois State University
AAPT Teacher Professional Development Intern
American Association of Physics Teachers
Outside of political science courses, it’s not often that you are taught what sort of influence we might have on the state of our country. When studying to be a teacher, you learn to have confidence in your knowledge and ability, but you are hardly ever told that you can have an impact that extends far outside the classroom. AAPT and AIP have worked together to help create a program of Master Teacher Leader Policy Fellows that come out to Washington, D.C., from all over the country, to learn how policy functions at the federal level and how it can be brought back down to the state and local levels as well. While this will mostly be focusing on how the teacher policy fellows have been observed taking charge on making changes in politics and what their outcomes have been and can be, it’s important to know that we all have a voice, and there are ways that can be used to make sure it’s heard.
I am a rising senior at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. I am majoring in Physics, in the Physics Teacher Education sequence. Too often I’ve seen students who are getting a poor quality education, specifically in STEM subjects, and by becoming a high school physics teacher, I hope that I will be able to help my students see possibilities they might not have before. If I hadn’t a had physics teacher that was willing to go the extra mile to help me develop a deeper understanding and connection to physics, I wouldn’t be on the path I am today without that. I hope to be able to do that for some of my future students. I’m excited to be a part of this program and use this experience to better myself as a future educator and physics student!
Even though my studies keep me pretty busy, I try to stay involved in things outside of the classroom. I’ve been involved with Physics Education Research for three years s. During that s period I have attended several sectional and national meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to make several presentations, and have been a coauthor on two refereed papers on our work. I am also a tutor and undergraduate teaching assistant for many of the general education physics courses offered at Illinois State. I enjoy helping people understand physics. Recently, I received a grant from the American Physical Society to help my university form a Women in Physics group, an endeavor that I am hoping will help more women find interest and belonging in a male-dominated field.