Lincoln-Way Central, East and West teachers attend science conferences
Friday, December 15, 2017

On Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, 2017, seven Lincoln-Way teachers attended the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) in Milwaukee, WI. Collaborative teachers Rachel Beattie (West), Nicole Cashen (East), Liz Conroy (East), Lauren Gbur (Central), Liz Hamann (Central), Carlie Premo (East), and Jami Voliva (East) joined the conference.

On Monday, November 13, 2017, four teachers attended Northern Illinois Science Educators (NISE) in Naperville, IL. In both cases, Lincoln-Way teachers took time to travel in order to collaborate with scientific peers, sit in on presentations and meet with vendors.

At NSTA, teachers walked away with materials that could instantly be used in the classroom, such as new editions of textbooks that parallel new curriculum. Teacher Jami Voliva bought supplies for use in his Honors Chemistry class. Lincoln-Way East teacher Nicole Cashen received a sample textbook that she referred to as a “game changer.”

All teachers were excited to have the opportunity to attend a relatively close national conference.

The teachers that attended NISE had a similar feeling in regards to the takeaways from the conference. Teacher Jill Enguita visited with Dr. Ben Margolis from Autopsy Center of Chicago and shared the best part from Lincoln-Way East’s experience with Live from the Morgue. Lincoln-Way East Science learned about the opportunity from last year’s NISE conference.

“I am proud of my colleagues’ and their drive to learn, but I am most proud of the new opportunities, materials and projects they bring to our students,” says Physical Science teacher Maria Wilson.