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Erin Burke

Physics Education


I decided to become a teacher after rewarding substituting teaching and tutoring experiences where I was able to help students understand material. The feeling of a student understanding challenging material is exhilarating and extremely rewarding. I am currently in the TCPCG program working towards my masters degree in secondary science education and my state certification in physics.

I graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 3.5 years with a double major in Astronomy and Philosophy. I decided on my major because of my interest in cosmology, the study of the beginning and the end of the universe. Cosmology exists at the bridge of astronomy and philosophy where scientists are beginning to investigate philosophical questions. The courses I took were focused around the topic of astrophysics. Throughout my time at Mount Holyoke, I was a member of the Dressage Team and was chosen as captain of the team her senior year. I was able to lead the team to the national intercollegiate competition. I have been riding horses for thirteen years and own a horse, Jewel.

While in college, I fell in love with science literacy and began to research science in the media. The reason I am so passionate about the topic is because society is becoming more and more technologically based, it is imperative that people have an understanding of science, not a fear of science.

Content is not the most important piece in my classroom. The most important aspects are the skills such as organization, responsibility, problem solving, critical thinking, Microsoft Excel and Word, and, my favorite, the ability to ask questions. These skills will assist the students to be successful in college and beyond whether or not they decide to pursue physics or engineering. I have enjoyed teaching these skills through the content especially those, “Aha” moments.


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