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Peggy Bertrand

Master Teacher, Clinical Assistant Professor, Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences

Biography

Peggy Bertrand was a teacher and science department coordinator at Oak Ridge High School prior to joining the VolsTeach faculty as a Master Teacher. In her fourteen-year career as a public educator, Peggy taught Advanced Placement Physics, Physical World Concepts, Experimental Scientific Research, Environmental Science, and Mathematics. She has strong interests in multiple intelligences, teaching science through open-ended research, project-based learning, and the appropriate uses of educational technology.

During her tenure as a high school teacher, she authored several publications and presented papers in these areas. While in graduate school, Peggy researched the complexation thermodynamics and oxidation-reduction kinetics of actinide and lanthanide elements in solution as part of an effort to see how these metals would behave in the environment. After earning her doctorate, she had careers as a research chemist and a commercial software entrepreneur prior to becoming a certified secondary educator.

For the past decade, in addition to teaching, Peggy has been a physics consultant for the College Board, serving as an AP exam reader and table leader, an AP Summer Institute leader, and co-chair of the Physics C Development Committee. Peggy was honored to receive the Siemens Award in Advanced Placement Teaching, the Tennessee AAPT Outstanding Physics Teacher of the Year award, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and the Tennessee Academy of Science Distinguished Teaching Award. She and her students have won a Lemelson-MIT invention grant, which culminated in participation in the first ever White House Science Fair, where they presented their invention to President Obama.

When she isn’t involved in educational endeavors, Peggy enjoys playing the clarinet, singing in the choir, gardening, and being with her family and friends. She is originally from Arabi in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, and currently lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Education: B.S. in Chemistry from Southeastern Louisiana University, Ph.D. in Physical Inorganic Chemistry from Florida State University, Teaching Licensure from the Lyndhurst Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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