What is your work environment like?
I have a classroom that holds 28 student desks, my desk and
demo table, 7 lab benches, a safety shower and eye wash station, a fume hood, a handicap lab station, and some cabinet
storage on the walls. It is my classroom—I do not have to share
it. We average 1. 5 labs per week.
I also have 2 desktop computers, 2 bookcases loaded with
reference materials, all kinds of plastic storage bins filled with
items to do demos or labs, 30 hanging lab aprons for my students, and my goggle cabinet. Inside are 30 psychedelic colored
goggles, and the outside, well, you just have to look at the picture!
Lastly, in the front of the room
by my whiteboard and smartboard
are my “gadgets”: lava lamp, glitter
lamp, plasma ball, fiber optic light,
wave machine, and 2 phosphorescent lamps, all lined up on a table.
And how could I forget? My
“Ashes of Problem Students” jar—
What is your best
Work the week between Christmas
and New Year’s; no one else does,
and you will get tons of things done.
Getting in early or staying late gives
you time to get things done before
the work day and interruptions
begin or after the work day and
What’s the best career
advice you’ve received?
Your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. For
example, my greatest strength is the fact that I am extremely
organized, which means I usually don’t miss anything when I’m
doing a project. But being organized is also my greatest weakness. I tend to focus so much on staying organized and making
sure all the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted that I miss the
big picture. I lose my ability to “think outside the box” and to
perhaps make a significant contribution.
What personal talent or trait makes you a
great fit for your job?
I want to help people succeed.
What essential habit do
you have now that you
wish you’d started much
Not sleeping in so long on the weekends. You can really get a lot done
with a few extra hours in the morning.
What is your favorite
Journal of Chemical Education. It’s
a great source for new demos and
inquiry ideas. Love it!
Interviewed by Allison
Proffitt, a freelance
writer and editor based
in Nashville, TN.
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