Photo Credit: Elliott McCrory
School: Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, Illinois
Home: Lisle, Illinois
Mentor: Stefan Gruenendahl
Who I am: I teach physics and environmental science at Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park, IL. We teach “physics first” to all of our freshmen. The idea of “physics first” was championed by Nobel laureate and former Fermilab director Leon Lederman.
I have taught physics for the past 12 years, environmental science for the past 3 years, and moderate our school’s science and engineering club. Prior to becoming a teacher, I was a mechanical engineer for 20+ years.
In addition to providing my students a solid foundation in physics, I often tap my engineering background and current scientific developments to enhance student understanding of the world around them. I hope to bring back new ideas and activities garnered from my time at Fermilab back to my classrooms.
Research: Working with my mentor Stefan Gruenendahl and many other wonderful people at the Detector Development and Operations Department I assembled and tested modules for CO2 cooling performance of next generation detectors. I’m glad i also had the opportunity to attend lectures and tours that expanded my understanding of particle physics and the impressive facilities at Fermilab.