AACT Member Spotlight: Susan Clark

By AACT on February 26, 2019

Sherri rukes aact spotlightEvery month AACT will spotlight a passionate member who is dedicated to enhancing chemistry inside and outside the classroom. This month we spotlight Susan Clark from Shelby Junior High School, Township, MI.

Tell us about yourself...

I have been teaching math and science for 25 years for Utica Community Schools at Shelby Junior High. I am certified to teach Kindergarten through 12th grade. I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees through Oakland University. I also completed my 3rd degree through Saginaw Valley State University in Secondary Education.

What do you do to remain current and bring the latest science into the classroom?

To make sure I stay current with teaching methods and NGSS practices, I participate in professional development opportunities whenever possible, either through my local MISD or programs like the Teacher Summit offered through AACT and ACS.

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

I became involved with the AACT by applying for the Program in 2017. Participating in the Teacher Summit has been one of the most rewarding things I have done throughout my entire career. DOW and AACT provided me with memberships to AACT and ACS that are full of valuable resources that are classroom ready. They also offer a wide range of publications, webinars and videos that are rich for professional development. The most influential thing AACT provided me with was the teacher to teacher collaboration during the week long Summit.

If you could pick one scientist (living or dead) to come speak to your class, who would it be and why?

If I could choose one scientist to speak with my class it would be Madame Marie Curie, because of her love and passion for chemistry. Her discoveries were monumental and she did it all for the love of science not for monetary gain.

What are you most proud of in your work?

I am most proud of being awarded the 2014 Junior High School Teacher of the Year by UCS, a definite honor!

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

In three words my students would say that they have learned from me is to Never Stop Learning!