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Emily Fitzgerald

Emily Fitzgerald

2017 Fellow
Monta Vista High School
Cupertino, California

Teaching Discipline

Chemistry and Physics

Why Chemistry and Physics

“Chemistry has always been my favorite subject. To me it seemed to hold all the answers to how life works. I remember learning how beta-carotene reacts to form vitamin A and thinking this was just the coolest. These exciting, interesting facts led me to pursue chemistry as a major in college. Then I enrolled in a physical science education teacher preparation program and found that physics presented many unique opportunities to teach about the process of science. This led to me being passionate about teaching both physical science subjects in a way that students can construct and test their own ideas.”

Professional Experience

While at Rutgers University, Emily worked as an AVID tutor for one year and an Aresty Peer Instructor for two years. She also worked as a substitute teacher at both Point Pleasant Borough High School and East Brunswick High School for two years.

Additionally, Emily worked as a teaching assistant for an Introduction to Experimentation chemistry class at Rutgers for one semester and taught Physics for the Sciences as a part time lecturer for three semesters.

Emily began teaching at Monta Vista High School during the 2016–2017 school year.

Hobbies

Emily enjoys crocheting, especially hats.

Academic Background

  • Rutgers University (Master of Education in Science Education)
  • Rutgers University (Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry)

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“So many people will tell you that they just aren't a science person, or they aren't inherently good at science. I don't want any of my students to leave my class feeling this way. The truth is we do science in many aspects of our lives, whether it is testing out a new recipe for dinner or controlling variables to design the fastest way to do laundry. I hope to impart on my students that all people are science people and that they can be successful in a science class.”

Emily Fitzgerald
2017 Fellow