High School Ambassador Candidates


Dusty Carroll

Tabernacle, NJ
Years of experience: 20–30
Current grade levels taught: 10, 11, 12

Teaching and Chemistry Interests

My main chemistry interests are AP Chemistry and NGSS Chemistry. I am constantly looking for more collaboration opportunities. I've found many ways to get quality resources through organizations like AACT and through social networking, but actual collaborations are still lacking in my world. I would love to find a way to get AACT to create local affiliate groups like the ChemTAG of old. I think there could be an interest if we had a network of people willing to simply organize local meetings. I have many ideas about this and would love to bring them to the board for discussion.

Why I Want to Serve

I’d like to bring a wide perspective of views, opinions, struggles, and successes to the attention of the board to help guide decisions and strategies they may be considering. I believe I am in a great position to do that because of my diverse experiences and affiliations. Nationally, I serve on an NSTA committee, I am an AP Reader and Table Leader, and I have been on the committee to write the ACS High School Chemistry Exam.

I’ve contributed to AACT’s Chemistry Solutions as an author, a content team leader, and a peer-reviewer. I’ve also created Teacher’s Guides for ACS’s ChemMatters magazine. These experiences have allowed me to interact with teachers from all over the country while we make decisions about the quality of resources and share our various teaching styles and strategies.

Closer to home, I serve on my state’s steering committee for the state science assessment. Here, I collaborate with teachers from across New Jersey to critique, edit, or reject assessment items to create a quality NGSS assessment. Locally, I have both presented and attended in-services “for colleagues by colleagues”. I regularly collaborate with teachers from my school, district, and local area to share ideas, struggles, and resources, and just to have support from people who do what I do.

I welcome the opportunity to represent the needs, desires, and praises of high school chemistry teachers in the AACT community and would be honored to serve in this capacity.


Kathleen Dwyer

Maplewood, MO
Years of experience: 20–30
Current grade levels taught: 10, 11, 12

Teaching and Chemistry Interests

I have twenty years of experience teaching Chemistry and AP Chemistry at a diverse public high school. Additionally, I teach a Science Research class in which my students design and present authentic research projects in collaboration with local universities and institutions. I also serve as an adjunct professor for Washington University, helping graduate students gain a better understanding of chemistry and infuse effective pedagogical practices. I have extensive experience providing professional development to teachers at workshops and conferences and have also helped future educators by sponsoring many student teachers.

Why I Want to Serve

I would be honored to serve as the high school ambassador because I am strongly committed to connecting educators and sharing resources. Since my career began, I’ve participated in numerous professional development opportunities to learn research based instructional strategies. As I improved my own practice, I’ve consistently shared my experience with other educators. For example, because I successfully implemented Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning lessons in my classroom, I received training to help others learn how to use this instructional strategy. I’ve developed curricular materials and delivered workshops on a wide variety of topics, including energy, climate change, inquiry learning, science journalism, equity education, NGSS and ADI. This professional development has been provided for local, state and national workshops/conferences, as well as in India, Japan and Poland. I lead groups that bring local teachers together to share lessons and instructional practices with other chemistry and research teachers.

I’m actively involved in many other capacities; leading application reviews for the local ACS education award, judging at ISEF, reviewing science items for the GED exam, and annually scoring the AP Chemistry test. I’ll earn a doctorate in STEM education this summer when I defend my dissertation.

I’m a nationally board certified instructor who has received numerous awards including my district’s Teacher of the Year, Monsanto, Emerson and ACS Outstanding Teacher Awards, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching.

I believe that my breadth of experience makes me well qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.


Kaleb Mathieu

Kaleb Mathieu

Dallas, TX
Years of experience: 0–5
Current grade levels taught: 9, 10, 11, 12

Teaching and Chemistry Interests

My first experience in a teaching setting was working as a chemistry tutor during my undergraduate years, which I continued to do throughout my time in graduate school. I currently teach AP chemistry and am working on designing our new chemistry curriculum which will be implemented in the 2020-21 school year. I participate in chemistry outreach events as often as possible and have done the scientist in the classroom program (through the National Center for Science Education) and judged science fairs. My own interests in chemistry are organic chemistry, environmental chemistry, and green chemistry.

Why I Want to Serve

I want to work to improve people's perceptions of chemistry and to improve chemical education across the country. Chemistry is often cited as a subject that people do not like - this is particularly evident when people find out I'm a chemistry teacher and are quick to remind me that they always hated chemistry. In order for chemistry educators to be more effective, we need to work on improving the public perception of chemistry by showing students the relevance/importance and making it accessible for all. I believe that serving as a grade level ambassador for AACT will allow me to achieve this goal by reaching a broader audience of chemistry teachers and other people in the chemistry education community.

One of my greatest strengths as a candidate is my wide variety of diverse experiences. I have completed a master's degree in both chemistry and teaching, and am currently working on a PhD in Educational Psychology. In addition to my education, I have also worked in a wide variety of educational settings including public schools, private schools, curriculum development, educational technology, and tutoring. These varieties of experiences give me a unique perspective on chemistry education and how different sectors view chemistry as a whole.

Candidate Statement

Hello! My name is Kaleb Mathieu and I am running for high school ambassador on the AACT governing board. I am a chemistry teacher in Texas with a background in organic chemistry and am currently working on a PhD in educational psychology. I have tutored chemistry for over 8 years, served as a teaching assistant in chemistry for 3, and currently teach high school. Along the way, I have been an active participant in several science associations and AACT. I have written online lessons with the University of Waterloo and developed a new chemistry curriculum at my school. My wide variety of teaching and research experiences give me a unique perspective on the importance of chemical education and how everyone in chemistry fields can benefit from collaboration with and the viewpoints of high school teachers.

High school teachers pave the way for students to develop an early interest in chemistry and the skills to succeed in later science courses. Because of this important frontline role, it is necessary to have someone who is willing to act as a strong advocate on their behalf. Teachers from all backgrounds and regions need to have their voices heard and I will work to ensure this happens. This advocacy is especially important now in times of uncertainty and change due to COVID-19 and emergency remote teaching. I have the skills, background, and unique perspectives that allow me to successfully perform this role and will ensure all voices of high school chemistry teachers are heard.