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Meghan Klement demonstrating a lab for students.

 

Meghan Klement, an Allen High School chemistry teacher, strives to make chemistry, considered by most a dull subject, a more fun and exciting learning experience for students.

“In college my major was nutritional sciences, however, I excelled in my chemistry, biochemistry, and organic chemistry classes, “Klement said. “I like how chemistry is relevant to everything we do and you can understand why things happen the way they do around you.”

Klement is a “proud” member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2008 where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. Being a teacher was not planned for Klement however, Klement said that she was definitely born to be a teacher. “I realized that during study groups I was taking over and teaching everyone there,” Klement said. “Even if I had no idea what was going on I wanted to be the one explaining things.”

Given that chemistry isn’t exactly the most exciting subject for students, Klement tries to find ways to make it a much more interesting thing to learn. “There’s going to be units that people don’t like, however, I try my best to make almost all of my activities hands on and I do as many demonstrations as I can, and labs that are interesting,” Klement said. Recently, Klement has incorporated Genius Hour, a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom.  “This is an opportunity for students to decide what they want to learn about and for them to explore their passions either new or old,” Klement said. “It also sparks some creativity and critical thinking because they have to decide how they present the information they learn on top of deciding what to learn about. I have really enjoyed this because I have seen students do some awesome research and create some amazing things.”

Klement enjoys her job as a chemistry teacher and finds it very rewarding. “It’s fun knowing that I was part of so many journeys that have led to so many different places,” Klement said. “I enjoy having students just come and chat because I know then that I have become the kind of teacher I wanted to be.”

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