Hi, I’m Greta Glugoski-Sharp! I am AACT’s Governing Board President and a fellow chemistry teacher. I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. In 2003, I moved to Denver to begin teaching chemistry and AP chemistry at a local high school. I also taught general chemistry at a local university. After over 18-years in the classroom, I have continually experienced two trends, 1) the invaluable camaraderie amongst chemistry teachers and 2) the increased need to teach chemistry in a culturally responsive manner.
As a Latina and Chemistry Educator, I understand the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Additionally, the need to increase the number of underrepresented students’ interest in STEM. I believe that experiences which can spark an interest in STEM are imperative and that careful lesson planning is needed to promote greater cultural responsiveness and improved STEM career expectations. To accomplish this, I invite you to join me in developing classroom-level curricula that mitigate cultural disparities between teachers and their students.
Vision and Mission
Our vision is to inspire and empower K–12 chemistry educators. It is our mission to support the success of educators by providing quality resources, professional development, and networking opportunities.
Our governing board members are AACT members and current or former chemistry teachers with a combined 149 years of experience teaching in a classroom. Their experience, along with the chemistry and professional experience of the AACT team, helps us reach our goals. Namely, but not limited, to:
- Continue to develop and improve instructional resources at a rate of 10% per year to increase the number and engagement of AACT members.
- Increase the number and quality of opportunities for networking and communication among current and future AACT members.
- Increase participation and impact of relevant and accessible professional development opportunities for all educators.
What Drives AACT
It is through our vision, mission, and goals that we passionately provide our members, in the United States and around the world, the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and grow professionally. We have been there, we are there, and we will continually strive to help chemistry teachers succeed.
When AACT was established, I was already a member of a state organization for chemistry teachers. However, joining AACT offered me the opportunity to be a part of a larger community to learn from and share with others.
Our Membership is comprised primarily of individuals who are K-12 teachers but there are members from colleges, preservice teachers, industrial people, and professionals from non-traditional roles such as individuals from museums.
My favorite parts of AACT are the classroom resources about influential scientists, such as Marie Curie, for teachers to use and incorporate into their lessons. Equally, teacher members sharing their classroom strategies and the free Professional Development webinars.
It is my sincere hope that as you explore our resource library, browse our collections, view our multimedia, read a Chemistry Solutions article, attend a webinar, search our ChemMatters archive, or collaborate with a Science Coach that you will have your own “favorite parts” to cherish and share with others.
We are happy to hear from you and deeply thank you for continuing to make chemistry accessible for all students.
All the best,