I am a secondary science teacher in a small town in rural Nebraska. [Our district, preschool through 12th grade, is all in one building.] I was, when I first started, the only science teacher in my district for 7-12th grade. This is a daily struggle, not only because of the range of classes I have to prepare, but also because I'm new to the profession, with a certification in math and physics (the life sciences, or 'squishy' sciences as I call them, are sometimes the hardest because I have to study them as I teach them).
Education is my second career; my first was mechanical engineering. I find that my engineering experience informs the way I teach, in that I want my students to be able to think, observe, and solve problems, rather than looking at science as "the history of science" - as if it's done already. I love that NGSS approaches science in this way, and I wish that I had had the opportunity to learn this way. However, I struggle to create content from this new angle because my teacher preparation program was more traditional in its approach.
I hope to use this website as an opportunity to collaborate with other science educators, as we all struggle together to provide our students with the best resources and education for an ever-changing world.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (or through the contact me form on the homepage). I would love to hear from other teachers and their approaches.