K-12 Teacher-Partner Profile

Karrie Frey

College/University: Cornell University
Project Title: CLIMB: Cornell's Learning Initiative in Medicine and Bioengineering
Partner School: Tully Junior/Senior High School, Tully, NY
Years Teaching: 23
Graduate Fellow Partner(s): Nathan Rosidi

How will you continue to integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership with graduate students into your teaching, philosophy, etc.?

I was especially impressed with how the research of the graduate student I worked with in the lab at Cornell incorporated many disciplines within the sciences to investigate and solve problems. I would like to reflect that in the lessons that I present to my students, so that they can see that scientific research does not only involve narrowly focused subjects, but a wide variety of information and tools. The GK-12 experience has also helped me to understand the value of inquiry-based learning. I will continue to develop materials for the classroom that reflect a more inquiry approach to enhance learning and hopefully inspire creativity and interest in the scientific field.

How has the GK-12 experience changed you, and how has your participation changed the GK-12 project?

Being a science teacher is all about getting students engaged and interested in the scientific field, influencing some to decide to continue their education in a related discipline as well as hoping they all leave the classroom with an appreciation for the wonders of the natural world around them. This program has given me the same experience I strive to provide, showing how interesting scientific discovery is, how innovative the methods researchers devise to make their discoveries are, as well as the fact that hard work is always required. During one of our group discussions, a presentation method that revolves around using crucial concept questions was introduced. I look forward to trying to introduce this method into my classroom this year. I hope that the GK-12 project has also benefited from my participation. I will do my best to communicate what I have learned at Cornell to my students and the school community, as well as to be a positive reflection of the goals of this program to all. All of the participants in the GK-12 program share a common goal of increasing scientific literacy for every individual in our community, and I hope I can continue to work with the talented people that I had the pleasure of meeting during our summer research experience.