My name is Kristen Drury and this is my 18th year at William Floyd High School (located on Long Island, NY) teaching Advanced Placement chemistry, honors chemistry, Regents chemistry, general chemistry, and forensics. I earned a Bachelors in chemistry and a Masters in Education at Stony Brook University.
I have been flipping my classroom since 2011 and I am currently a huge fan of the EDpuzzle flipping website. I am an EDpuzzle certified coach. I love to talk about science education. I believe Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) has been integral in my classroom as well as working in cooperative teams. I am a POGIL facilitator, training teachers across the country to use this transformative tool. I am also trained in Modeling Instruction through American Modeling Teacher Association (AMTA) which has really helped me identify and employ a phenomena based storyline for my first year chemistry courses. Sharing ideas and best practices with others is so important to me. Please feel free to use anything I have on the website. Be aware that many of the resources are "borrowed" and modified to fit my instructional practices. I work for College Board to design and evaluate materials for the new Pre-AP Chemistry course. Find more information about Pre-AP Chemistry here!
In addition to teaching high school, I adjunct at SUNY Stony Brook University. I co-teach the Pedagogy and Methods of Science Teaching II course which allows me to work with aspiring teachers the semester before they student teach. We are transitioning into using NYSSLS lessons and working with these fun new teachers is really rewarding and insightful.
In 2014 I was chosen to become a New York State Master Teacher, along with 70 other teachers on Long Island. Our goal is to provide professional development for STEM teachers in NYS and create more meaningful STEM experiences for our students. The Long Island chemistry cohort created a group that meets to share ideas. I was awarded the 2016 Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2018 I was awarded the AACT Chemistry Teacher of the Year Award. I am very excited and thankful for this unexpected recognition. In 2019 I was awarded the POGIL Early Achievement Award for my work with the project. In 2019 I was also awarded the SCOPE Education Services Teacher Service Award for William Floyd High School. Additionally, in 2019 I was awarded the William Floyd Outstanding Educator Award which was truly precious because I was nominated by a former student! In 2020, I was recognized as a Stony Brook University 40 Under 40 Awardee, representing the University as a professional alumni to follow. And now I am super excited to announce that I am a state finalist for the 2021 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)!
In my free time I like to run, knit, crochet, bake, research true crime, and play with my French Bulldog puppy Ellie :)
Recent Professional Development Adventures
I have been selected to be an AP Chemistry Reader (grader) in Salt Lake City since 2017 including this year's exam. During the summer of 2023, I plan to attend the AMTA leadership training at Arizona stae University and present at the ChemED conference in Guelph, Canada. I am a lead contributor and associate editor for ChemEdX where I like to blog about new activities I have written and tried, AP resources, and more. I have hosted webinars with American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) about the flipped classroom and POGIL and I hope to write and peer review more for AACT and the Journal of Chemical Education.
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