I'm Matt Perekupka, the Governing Board President here at AACT. I've been a chemistry teacher for 18 years and am thrilled to welcome you to our community of chemistry educators and enthusiasts.
Who We Are
The American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) was an initiative of the American Chemical Society (ACS), brought about in 2014 to serve as a professional community by and for K-12 chemistry teachers. We're continuously learning and growing, and happy to have you here with us on that journey!
After years of teaching chemistry at all levels, I’ve encountered time and again what I think is special about chemistry teachers: their unique penchant for getting creative in the classroom whether that be challenging students who excel or making chemistry accessible for individuals who are just getting started. AACT is here to bring those creative minds together.
Our Membership is comprised primarily of K-12 teachers but also includes members from colleges, pre-service teachers, industrial people, and professionals from non-traditional roles such as individuals from museums.
Vision and Mission
We strive to inspire and empower K–12 teachers of chemistry and are always looking for new ways to support their success by providing quality resources, professional development, and networking opportunities.
Our governing board is comprised of AACT members who are current and former teachers from across the country who are excited to offer their unique perspectives and expertise. In collaboration with the AACT team, we aim to:
- Increase the number and quality of networking and communication opportunities among current and future AACT members.
- Promote cultural responsiveness in our classrooms and champion inclusive classroom materials.
- Increase participation and impact of relevant and accessible professional development opportunities for all educators.
I’ve been a member for five years and am still enjoying the new material that AACT has to offer. There are plenty of ways to get started, whether that's exploring our classroom resources, submitting an article to our periodical, perusing the ChemMatters archive, or signing up for one of our webinars.
You can also view our membership benefits for comprehensive information on what's available to you.
We are always happy to hear from you and thank you for being a vital part of our community!
Board President, AACT