Project: Controlling solubility of marble
I just completed my fifth year of teaching high school science at Central Bucks High School – East in Doylestown, PA. Throughout my career I have taught various levels of biology, as well as a forensic science course, and I have tutored students in chemistry. I received my undergraduate degree from Villanova University where I studied Secondary Education with a concentration in biology. I recently completed my graduate degree and got a Master’s of Science in Chemistry Education from the University of Pennsylvania in December 2011. I completed my thesis on the chemistry behind oil-degrading bacteria in August 2011.
I will be working at the Scherer Group this summer as part of Princeton’s Research Experience for Teachers (RET). I will be participating in the hydroxyapatite study in which we will be testing to find a corrosion resistant material to protect marble and limestone. I believe this study will connect to the curriculum I teach at the high school level because when I teach photosynthesis we discuss the formation of acid rain and some of the outcomes which includes destruction of animal habitat in addition to corrosion of pipes, wires, and statues. I have always been interested in materials science and look forward to utilizing my knowledge and experience outside of the high school classroom.