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Douglas Weisman   Email |  profile

Douglas joined the Salisbury School faculty in 2011 after teaching science at public schools in Falls Village, CT, a suburb of Seattle and at a school for Tibetan refugees in northern India.  Specialties during those years were developing programs in pre-engineering, units in materials science and structures, curriculum in earth science and in physics.  His degrees include a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Secondary Science Education.  He holds Connecticut teaching certification in physics, general science, math and educational leadership.  Before taking over the Chemistry lab at Salisbury, Douglas tutored in the evenings here for three years (chemistry and physics), getting to know the students and the school community.  It was at that time that he decided to make Salisbury his professional home as soon as the opportunity arose.

The main idea that underlies Douglas' work with students is that learning science is essentially a quest to understand our world - and our place in it.  It's more about asking questions than it is about answers. Skills and process are more important than facts.  Asking questions and making connections.  The chemistry classroom is a vehicle for understanding the food we eat, the materials and resources that we use daily, the air we breathe and issues confronting citizens, consumers and world leaders.  Our decisions should be informed by that understanding. 

 

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