The LCU CHEMteach lab officially launched on Monday, Feb. 9, with 23 high school chemistry teachers in attendance. The teachers had the opportunity to learn new experiments and techniques from LCU’s chemistry faculty.
Dr. Byron Rogers, Dr. Julie Marshall, Dr. Amanda Boston, and Jessica Rogers all presented original work with manipulatives, group labs, problem solving, and demonstrations in order to help each teacher meet the state standards (TEKS) that they are required to teach their students.
With the help of Region 17 Education Service Center’s science specialist Michelle Sedberry, teachers from Lubbock ISD, Levelland, Seminole, Sudan, Ralls, Seagraves, Christ the King, Frenship, and more were able to attend, with several providing positive feedback.
“I found everything valuable to me and my classroom. Lots of great ideas, labs, and demos were given out. I would love to attend more workshops like this,” Suzanne Overton, a teacher at Seminole High School, said.
“It was awesome! Only now I have too many things running through my mind. I feel like I should start a plan for next year,” Kayla Overstreet, a teacher from Tahoka, said.
Work shop presenter, Jessica Rogers, was also pleased with the results saying, “We want to do things like this to give these teachers some encouragement and some fresh ideas to keep doing a very difficult job.”
Dr. Julie Marshall, another faculty presenter, noted that, “We really packed a great deal of useful information into the training.”
Both Rogers and Marshall previously taught sciences in the public school system before becoming chemistry faculty at LCU.
The LCU CHEMteach Academy plans to provide yearly training for area chemistry teachers. For more information, contact Jessica Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.