FSU Physics Department to host panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities of high school physics teaching

FSU’s Physics Department will host a panel discussion by four distinguished high school physics teachers about the challenges and opportunities of high school physics teaching this Thursday, October 22, beginning at 3:45 pm in the department’s lecture hall in UPL 101.

The panelists are:

  • Rachel Morris of Rutherford High School in Bay County.  Rachel was recently awarded a Shine Award by Florida Governor Rick Scott
  • Zondra Clayton of Tallahassee’s Godby High School.  Several years ago, Godby did not even offer physics.  Now more than 100 Godby students take the subject.
  • Luther Davis of Lake Mary High School in Seminole County.  Luther teaches both astronomy and physics at Lake Mary, and has won the Presidential Award for Math and Science Teaching.
  • Adam LaMee, the Teacher-in-Residence for the PhysTEC site at UCF’s Physics Department.  Adam previously taught physics at Lincoln and Rickards High Schools in Tallahassee.  Adam holds a bachelor’s degree from the FSU Physics Department.

The discussion will be moderated by FSU Physics Professor Paul Cottle (who is also the author of this blog, of course).

Physics is the gateway high school science course to careers in science and engineering. High school physics teaching is critical not only for the future of Florida’s students, but also for the health of Florida’s economy. This panel of accomplished physics teachers will discuss the challenges and opportunities for high school physics teaching in Florida. The discussion will be an opportunity for students to hear about the profession, and for faculty members to consider its importance.

Refreshments begin at 3:15 pm.

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