how I got started | I've always loved physics since the fifth
grade, when I joined the after-school physics club. I knew since then
that I would major in physics. In college I thought about getting a PhD;
I did some internships in the fields of business and industry and
learned that was not for me. I tutored some students and, as an
undergrad lab teacher assistent I did some classroom teaching and
discovered I really loved it.
why this job?| One of the things that really excites me is
preparing students for the coming challenges of energy and resource
management. I could be out there myself, doing energy efficiency work or
activism, but I can effect change on a broader scale by empowering
students, giving them the message that they do have that power and
why I love this job!| Interacting with students- they're fresh
and funny and full of life. I just love physics- to me, it's the most
fundamental of sciences. I see the world as beautiful and amazing, and I
get to talk about that with kids every day. Plus, I'm always learning
something new: kids are always going to ask why and if I don't know why,
that's an opportunity for me to learn too.
my typical day| I generally bike to work- I bought a place close
to the school so I could do that. I get here about 7:30 and finish
getting ready for the day. I teach class until 2 or 3PM, then go to
meetings and tutor students, go play Frisbee for awhile, then go home
and call it a day.
what they are | When it comes to doing projects that have to do
with real life, they involve risk, because you don't know what all the
outcomes will be. Dealing with the risk factor can be scary.
all about growth | There is certainly the need for more physics
teachers. But we need to work on changing the perception of how teachers
are viewed in our society and culture, so they get the respect they
deserve. I could be making twice what I am now if I were working in
industry. Improving pay would be a legitimate way to increase people's
interest in physics teaching. Also, the way physics has traditionally
been taught has turned off a lot of people- we have to examine how we
teach it if we want more people to choose physics as a career.