As a 16-year veteran science teacher teaching chemistry, AP chemistry and biology, I have enjoyed developing hands-on, supportive, and engaging activities, labs and practice for my students. Throughout my years, I have served as a mentor teacher for new teachers and student teachers. The reputation of chemistry being challenging proceeds itself, but the front-loading involved pays off well and the opportunity to build problem-solving skills and confidence in our students is high.
Seeing students believe in themselves as I do in them are some of my favorite teaching moments. Breaking down complex chemistry concepts into individual steps and patterns is empowering. In my reflection, I have found that teaching with interactive, constructive and supportive materials engages my students to grasp concepts they otherwise thought were too challenging.
High School Teacher of the Year, National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) Affiliate teacher, Dual Credit certified teacher, Indiana University Chemistry Teacher Fall Conference presenter, EdPuzzle Coach, NMSI Assistant AP Chemistry Presenter
B.A. in Secondary Education, B.S. in Chemistry, M.S. in Secondary Education, 15 Chemistry Graduate Courses
My interests include gardening, reading (currently working through Reese Witherspoon's Book Club list), creative design, hiking and cooking. I have a husband of 14 years and two boys who are 8 & 10 involved with playing outside, baseball and golf. Connect with me on Instagram @ChemKate.Ck - I love sharing teaching tips and resources there too. You may email me at KateCk@ChemKate.com.