Meet our October 2016 Educator – Erin MyersBy Jessica Morgan October 6, 2016 one response
Name: Erin Myers
Role: High School Science Teacher
School: First Academy – Leesburg
Location: Leesburg, Florida
Tell us how your career in education started?
My journey and passion for teaching did not actually start until much later in life. A series of small, individual, and life changing influences added up to the moment that I knew I was meant to be an educator. I am a Christian teacher in Florida at First Academy-Leesburg, and my faith inspires me to guide students toward their potential each day. Each individual student has a unique gift, and it is a teachers’ responsibility to help each student realize their talents and strengths that he or she might use as an adult.
What grades do you work with and what subject(s) do you teach?
I have been blessed as an educator to teach several high school science subjects. I have the privilege of teaching biology, chemistry, and earth science which allows me to see my students grow intellectually through several phases of life. One science theme that overlaps all science subjects is energy. Energy is in each science subject individually, but it is rare that the lessons overlap as an integrated concept. The S.T.E.M. club allows students to apply their essential concept knowledge to real life scenarios that their generation should understand.
Why do you think teaching students about alternative energy is a great way to learn about STEM?
Our S.T.E.M. students, both middle and high school, have a unique opportunity to be on the forefront of knowledge in alternative energy. The students are learning about energy potentials, chemical, kinesthetic, thermal, and mechanical energy. Each field of study requires students to learn in a specific science subject which, as a teacher, unlocks the doors for open inquiry.
What type of renewable energy are your students most excited to learn about?
The Horizon curriculum gives our S.T.E.M. students the opportunity to experiment with each type of energy through various applications of labs. Our students here in Florida are especially excited to work with solar energy and the amount of free energy it yields. One of our students’ main focuses of research extended past creating solar energy and led to further inquiry on how to store the energy in an efficient and effective application. Our S.T.E.M. club gives the high school students more challenges by encouraging each student to uncover research that is directly related to the current lab, as well as designing, conducting, and writing up their conclusions for each energy lab. This extra inquiry allows our school to utilize the Horizon curriculum for both middle and high school students. Watching our students connect the information through kinesthetic learning is amazing and exciting, as we teach the next generation about alternative energy.
What challenges do your students face when it comes to STEM Education?
Through the use of the Horizon curriculum, our S.T.E.M. club meets the curriculum based club requirements, which helps to make an afterschool club possible. The knowledge that our students are gaining through S.T.E.M. is amazing, and the afterschool commitment is our only challenge that we work to overcome. It is my personal belief that each individual must rise to meet the challenges set by their surroundings. For our students here in Florida, as citizens of the United States, they have an opportunity to open new doors that will help to reduce the world’s energy privation.