AACT Member Spotlight: Lindsay Davis

By AACT on December 1, 2019

Lindsay DavisEvery month AACT will spotlight a passionate member who is dedicated to enhancing chemistry inside and outside the classroom. This month we spotlight Lindsay Davis from The Baldwin School Bryn Mawr, PA

Lindsay has been a high school chemistry for the last 17 years after graduating with a BA in Chemistry from Washington University in 2000 and an MA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001. Currently, she teach all levels of chemistry at The Baldwin School, an all-girls independent school, in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Why did you become a teacher? Did you always want to teach?

Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a teacher. I used to help my mom grade papers and play school with my brother. When I took Honors Chemistry is 10th grade, I knew that I wanted to be a high school chemistry teacher.

What rewards to you get from teaching?

I love seeing a student’s face when they finally “get it.” Also, making a connection with a student and influencing the course of their life is so rewarding. I had a student who wanted to pursue chemistry and become a doctor, and she ended up going to college at my alma mater and had my former chemistry adviser as her chemistry professor. It doesn’t get much better than that!

What is your approach to building a meaningful relationship with your students and their parents?

Parents and teachers should be partners in supporting students as much as possible. I keep parents informed of their child's successes as well as opportunities for growth. Proactive communication is essential.

In three words, what would your students say they learned from you?

Confidence, love of learning, and organizational skills

Why did you become involved with AACT and what are the benefits of being involved?

I've been a member of AACT since its inception in 2014. It's really filled a gap for me since there weren't many organizations just solely devoted to strengthening the skills of chemistry teachers. From the amazing lesson plans, to the interesting and informative webinars, to the opportunities for in person professional development, and more, I have been able to enhance my teaching, even after 17 years of experience. I am a better chemistry teacher for having access to AACT’s vast resources and supportive personnel.