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Chemistry Teacher 
Normal Community High School
 
e-mail:  CHRISTJS@unit5.org

      

Education:  Hold a Master’s degree in Chemistry (1992)
                                  lllinois State University, Normal, Illinois 
                       Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry with Honors (1989)  
                                  lIlinois State University, Normal, Illinois
 

Mr Christopherson

  Mr. Christopherson

 

About Me  :I have worked as a research chemist for The Upjohn Company, but found I enjoyed interacting with students and teaching more than real work.

Teach: Honors Chemistry and Chemistry

Professional Interests:  Develop web based curricula to enhance the students classroom experience. I know very little about programming and 
                                             ‘web’ but can see how it can be useful to students.   My greatest expertise is in developing PowerPoint  presentations.
 
                                             I also take great pride and enjoy mentoring new chemistry teachers at my school.

                     

Professional Goal:  Work with chemistry teachers to share chemistry lessons, demonstrations, and tutorial programs via the internet. 

                                      I would publish others work on my site (they would be given credit on the page).  Any teacher could use these lessons and ideas.

  

Favorite Parables:   The Station - by Robert J. Hastings  &   The Parable of the Pebbles

Personal Interests:  I love my family, gardening, photography, wood-working and home repair & remodeling.  

                                     Most summers I can be found in my yard or gardens watching them (kids and plants) grow and change.

Teaching Style: I try to bring a professional attitude to the students about the dangers of chemicals and how to handle them safely. 
                              My teaching stylis a volatile mix of high enthusiasm, dry humor, and story telling to explain chemical concepts.  
                              I try to perform lots of demonstrations to enlighten and excite students.
                              Students will rarely say “I’m bored” in my classroom. They 
know the work is hard, but they have fun.

Honors: 

·    Merlot Classics Award Winner for 2016 by Editors Choice:  
      Invited speaker for the Innovate Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana,  April 20-22, 2016 (unable to attend) 
  
      

·    ACS Division of Chemical Education Award for Excellence in High School Teaching  (2011) at the Joint Midwest/Great Lakes Regional Meeting in St. Louis, MO.

·    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign EnLiST participant (2011-2012)  

·    Davidson Award - Chemistry Teacher of the Year - Illinois (2010)

·    Who's Who Among America's Teachers (1998, 2005, 2006, 2007)

·    Moveable Feast Instructor (Summer 2008-2016 - Expertise:  PowerPoint, SharePoint Designer and web presence

·    Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Award of Recognition (2008-2009)

·    Induction into the National Honor Roll's Outstanding American Teachers organization (2007)

·    American Chemical Society (Illinois Heartland Local Section) 
                    High School Teacher of the Year 2004

·    Recipient of Beyond the Books Grants (multiple years)

·    American Chemical Society (Illinois Heartland Local Section)
                   Outstanding Chemistry Student 1989
   

Publications: 

Chemistry Web Site - High School (CeMast Newsletter -page 2)     

      www.unit5.org/chemistry 2007

      CMS
Schoolwires site

 moodle site   

                         Course ManagementSystem

     www.unit5.org/science 2007 (webmaster)

     www.unit5.org/biology 2007 (webmaster)

      www.unit5.old/christjs 2002-06   (archived)  

     www.unit5.org/staffnchs 2008  (webmaster)
www.che.ilstu.edu/ipchris/  (webmaster)

Instructional Support CD (Chemistry) 2007 v7.0

“Effects of Exercise Detraining on Lipid Storage in Rats”
Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science (1999)
Volume 92, 3 and 4, pp. 203-209.

 “Clinical Experiences & Student Teaching Handbook”
Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Technology – Contributing Author
Alliance for Scientific Literacy – Illinois State University (1998)

 

Presentations: 

             

·       5th Grade Elementary Classes Prairieland  Elementary School (2016) "Chemistry Extravaganza"

·       Science Palooza - Prairieland Elementary Science Fair (April 16, 2015) "Chemistry Extravaganza" presented with John Bergmann

·       Science Palooza - Prairieland Elementary Science Fair (April  2016) "Chemistry Extravaganza" presented with John Bergmann

·    5th Grade Elementary Classes Prairieland  Elementary School (2015) "Chemistry Extravaganza"

·       Science Palooza - Prairieland Elementary Science Fair (April 16, 2015) "Chemistry Extravaganza" presented with John Bergmann

·       Benjamin Elementary Science Fair (April 14, 2015) "Chemistry Extravaganza" presented with Mike Roller

·     Grove Science Fair (April 7, 2015) Grove Elementary School "Chemistry Extravaganza" presented with Mike Roller

·     Betabrain Volunteer (March 13, 2015) STEM group science solving experiments at Kinglsey Junior High (Grades 6-12)

·     Presenter at In-service for Unit 5 Schools - Course Management System with Joel Swanson (Jan 2015)

·       Science Palooza - Chemistry Demonstration Show   (April. 8, 2014) at Prairieland Elementary, Normal, IL presented with John Bergmann

·     Benjamin Elementary Science Fair (April 15, 2014) presented with Mike Roller

·     5th Grade Elementary Classes Prairieland Elementary Chemistry Demonstrations (May 8, 2014) presented with Dr. Indu Christopherson (ISU)

·     Grove Science Fair (April 28, 2014) Grove Elementary School presented with Mike Roller

·     NAACP Chemistry Judge (April 28, 2014)

·     Betabrain (April 26, 2014) STEM group science solving experiments at NCHS (Grades 6-12)

·     Benjamin Elementary Class visit (with Chem 2 classes present hands-on lessons for four 4th grade classes) 2013 with Mike Roller

·      High School Chemistry CompetitionChemistry Demonstrator (May 2, 2012) presented with John Bergmann and Michael Roller at Illinois State University

·      Science Palooza - Chemistry Demonstration Show   (April. 19, 2012) at Prairieland Elementary, Normal, IL presented with John Bergmann

·     Technology Coach - Normal Community High School (2011-Present)

·     "Web Tools Speed Dating" Presenter at IllinIce sponsored meeting Oct 1, 2011 at Bloomington Junior High School.

·        Cub Scout - Chemistry Demonstration Show   Feb. 2, 2011 (at Prairieland Elementary, Normal, IL) 

·        ACT Prep Class for High School Students - (April 2011-2015)

·        ISU Chemistry Club Meeting:  Chemistry Demonstrations - Invited Speaker  (Jan. 31, 2011)

·     Chemistry Methods Students at Illinois State University (Jan. 10, 2011) - on Instructional Support CD and Website  "A SEA of Opportunities" 

·     IEA Student Program Fall Conference:  A Collaborative PowerPoint Resource for Chemistry  Nov. 20, 2010 (at Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington, IL) 

·       "Digital Mania"  Unit 5 Summer Technology Camp Instructor:  PowerPoint, Illini Data, PhotoStory Summer, 2010, 2011, 2012

·        Chemistry Methods Students at Illinois State University (Jan. 26, 2010) - on Instructional Support CD and Website

·       "Illini Data" Teacher In-Service at Normal Community High School (Jan. 4, 2010) - Normal, IL  

·         ACS National Chemistry Week - Children's Discovery Museum (Oct. 24, 2009)- Demonstrations

                 ·       Moveable Feast Instructor (Summer 2008 -2015) - Expertise:  PowerPoint  & SharePoint Designer

·         Illini Data Instructor (Summer  2009)

·      Jeff Christopherson & Joe Jelinek "Integrating Technology into Your Instruction" Teacher In-Service at Normal Community High School (January 7, 2008) - Normal, IL

·        Jeff Christopherson "A Collaborative PowerPoint Resource for Chemistry Illinois Association of Chemistry Teachers (IACT) Annual Meeting (October 5, 2007) - Normal, IL (Illinois State University)

·       Jeff Christopherson Taught PDA  Class - How to Make An Instuctional Support CD (Summer 2007)

·         Jeff Christopherson Titled Instructional Support CD and Collaborative Website Paper ID 1022486  American Chemical Society 233rd National Meeting   (March 26, 2007) - Chicago, IL

·         Jeff Christopherson and John Bergmann Titled Interactive and Collaborative WebsiteEnhancing Chemistry Conference - Champaign, IL (March 16, 2007) (University of Illinois)

·         Jeff Christopherson Free Instructional Support Chemistry CD  Annual High School Chemistry Competition (2006) - Bradley University

·         Jeff Christopherson "Instructional Support CD" Illinois Association of Chemistry Teachers (IACT) Annual Meeting (October 6, 2006) - Normal, IL (Illinois State University)

·         Jeff Christopherson and Kevin Hodel Titled Interactive and Collaborative Website Science in the South 10th Annual Conference (March 10, 2006)- Carbondale, IL (Southern Illinois University) 
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