Kristen Conklin

High school biology educator & ISS certified teacher at Francis Lewis High School

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Take it as far as you choose!

What do you do?

I motivate young learners in grades 9-12. I create material that allows all level learners to grow cognitively in their educational paths. I run clubs and engage as part of my school community.

Why did you choose this field?

I remember studying abroad in college in the Amazon jungle and being immersed in this incredible place. I knew I would spend the rest of my life educating the world about the importance of science, environmental sustainability and our impact as humans. Teaching gave me tools necessary to share the incredible biology of our planet.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Working as an educator and designing a group activity for my students. I had this moment where I watched a lesson unfold perfectly. Students engaged in a group stem activity to solve a real life phenomenon on designing alternatives to plastics. Watching students build spoons from avocado seeds have me that moment of “wow, I wish younger me knew this was possible!”

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because I can see students working to solve problems and become engaged and immersed in the task. This can not be achieved through traditional lecture. STEM gives me the opportunity to create unique lessons and activities and this is what I wake up and look forward to.

Best advice for next generation?

I believe that woman have the potential all to achieve so much more in life. I notice many female students doubt themselves. I would tell (and do tell) girls to go with your gut and believe in your own designs. You have the ability to change the world with A strong education and An understanding of stem. Education is what no-one can ever take away from you! Take it as far as you choose!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid”

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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