About the Teacher
My name is Kristen Drury and this is my 15th 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 addition, I won the SCOPE Education Services Teacher Service Award for William Floyd High School.
In my free time I like to run, practice and teach yoga, knit, crochet, bake, and play with my French Bulldog puppies Ozzie and Ellie :)
Recent Professional Development Adventures
I was selected to be an AP Chemistry Reader (grader) in Salt Lake City in June 2017, 2018 and 2019 and I am looking forward to another season of reading this June!
In July 2018, I attended and presented at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Notre Dame. This summer I am looking forward to attending and presenting at ChemEd2019 at North Central College. I have workshops about POGIL and a mock AP Reading. I am also co-leading the lab track for the POGIL conference in Boston, MA in July. In August, I will be traveling to San Diego, CA to attend the ACS National Conference for High School Day and meet Derek Muller of Veritasium! Can't wait! And we can't forget train the trainer with the famous Paul Anderson this July at Stony Brook University!
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.