About the Teacher
My name is Kristen Drury and this is my 16th 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 and a Remind Connected Educator and certified trainer. Ask me about either! 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. 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.
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. If you are interested, please find more information at www.LIACTS.com I was awarded the 2016 Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. This award allows me to attend more conferences and participate in more professional development activities in order to continue to grow as a science educator. 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 2018 I was awarded the SCOPE Education Services Teacher Service Award for William Floyd High School. 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.
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 online exam. During the summer of 2020, I attended and presented in the AACT Virtual Summer Symposia about EDpuzzle, online labs, and AP topics. I participated in the American Modeling Teachers Association Chemistry I Workshop for three weeks of instruction. Additionally, I wrote new lessons, provided professional learning virtual workshops, and created distance learning supports for the Pre-AP Chemistry program offered by College Board. I am a lead contributor to 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. I am looking forward to another adventurous year.
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