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Hi! I am Kathy Schultz, an eleven year veteran high school science teacher. And I love my job! I get to work with students who are trying to discover their place in this world, and I get to be a part of the journey towards their future. I am teaching at my alma mater, North Royalton High School, near Cleveland, Ohio. I have two wonderful children, Abigail (5) and Noah (4). They keep me young and a kid at heart. I think that is what makes me the teacher I am for my students. I seek knowledge on a daily basis – be it in my work or lying on the ground with my kids looking up at the night sky.
I received my BS in Secondary Education (1995) at the University of Dayton. I went on to receive my Masters of Education Teaching Science (2000) from Wright State University. I have participated in summer programs including TIES (Teachers in Industry for Educational Support) where I worked in a tool and die “shop,” the Alliance for Education (working in a genetics laboratory at Wright State University), and NASA NEAT. One of my favorite experiences was conducting research at Stone Laboratories on Lake Erie. And my all time favorite experiences have come from my collaborations involving NEAT – the conferences, the workshops, the experiences, the people. I belong to such organizations as NASA NEAT (Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers) Program, National Science Teachers Association, Science Education Council of Ohio, and Phi Delta Kappa.
I am an active NEAT member reaching out to the community hoping to inspire the next generation of explorers. Under my influence, students have completed research and learned how to use Scanning Electron Microscopes at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Students have created three science experiments that flew on the International Space Station. I have tried many things - polished lenses for telescopes, designed experiments for satchel experiments with NASA, and brought moon rock and meteorite samples to the classroom. Most recently, I participated in the Northrup Grumman Weightless Flights of Discovery using student designed experiments during flight. What do I have yet to try? Many things – traverse the Grand Canyon, skydive, SCUBA dive, fly, and explore a desert environment to name a few.
So who am I? I am a person dedicated to her life and passionate in everything she embarks upon. I am a person who loves to work outdoors; my backyard and garden are my haven. I am a person that loves to lie in the grass with her two little ones and look up at the stars at night and talk to them about space. I am a person who loves to get in lost in a good book, go camping, and play softball; a person who loves to teach, explores, and laughs.
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