KU School of Education alum Susan Allison has been selected to receive the 2014 Physics Teacher of the Year, awarded by a regional chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).
AAPT is a professional membership association of scientists dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching. AAPT was established in 1930 with the fundamental goal of ensuring the dissemination of knowledge of physics, particularly by way of teaching. Today that vision is supported by members around the world.
AAPT divides the organization across the United States into various state chapters. The Arkansas-Oklahoma-Kansas (AOK) chapter of AAPT is led by a group of 17 board members, and the chapter’s annual conference rotates locations between the three states each year. The Teacher of the Year Award is given each year to a teacher from the hosting state, and the October 2014 conference was held at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
“AAPT has been a great organization that has mentored me and given me a place to question and expand my Physics pedagogy. After leaving the University of Kansas to enter the high school classroom the AAPT conference provided cutting edge research to excite my classroom back in Benton, Arkansas,” said Allison.
Allison has been teaching at Benton High School in Benton, Arkansas since June 2012, and she will teach courses in physical science, chemistry, and physics this fall. Prior to her time in Arkansas, Allison taught at Topeka West High School in Topeka, Kansas.
“The University of Kansas School of Education encouraged us to stay involved with professional groups and that has made a huge impact on me. I will be presenting at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Kansas City, Missouri later this fall. I hope to give back to the professional groups that have made such a difference in my classroom teaching,” said Allison.
Allison completed her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Gifted Education from the KU Department of Curriculum & Teaching. She is licensed to teach secondary biology, chemistry, physics, physical science, earth science, and K-12 gifted.
The Department of Curriculum & Teaching is housed in the KU School of Education, located in Lawrence Kansas. The KU School of Education is a nationally-ranked School, preparing educators and health/sport/exercise professionals as leaders.