Alumni Spotlight

Katie Quist

Class of 2010 MAT Biology Education

Current Position: 9th/11th grade biology teacher; coach for girl’s basketball and lacrosse teams at Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA.

“Life has been crazy since I left MU - I am so thankful for all that the MU faculty did for me while I was in the MAT program there- truly inspired me to be the best educator I could be.”

Upon graduating in May of 2010, I took a job at Lawrence Academy. Being a traditional boarding school here in New England- I wear many different hats. I teach in the Ninth Grade Program (NGP)- which is a skills based program through the discipline of science.  Central to the NGP are the intellectual skills that are essential for academic success and lifelong learning: reading, writing, reasoning/creativity, speaking/listening, and study/organization. The importance of mastering the NGP skills informs ongoing curriculum development inside the NGP.  In conjunction with the English, history and arts programs, students improve their skills in reading, writing and reasoning in science. Consequently, the process of science, inquiry, laboratory skills, collection and treatment of data, and the creative solutions to problems are integral to the program. Students learn to identify problems and formulate hypotheses and to propose and evaluate ways to test them. They develop their observation skills and learn how to use appropriate methods and tools for gathering information. They also learn to organize and interpret data in order to make generalizations and predictions, and to design and carry out experiments. Students emerge from the program with a foundation of skills and knowledge for continued study in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences.

I have also taken on an 11th grade biology course as well this year. I have incorporated technology into my classroom- running a "flipped-mastery" style class. Students go home and watch my lectures that I create on youtube and then come to class with questions ready to discuss and complete a variety of activities.

In addition to being a teaching faculty member her at LA- I also coach the JV Girls' basketball team and the Varsity Girls' lacrosse team, an advisor to 8 students, live in the 11th and 12th grade girls dorm and sit on a variety of committees such as Student Diversity Group (Umoja) and the Development Committee.

Life has been crazy since I left MU - I am so thankful for all that the MU faculty did for me while I was in the MAT program there- truly inspired me to be the best educator I could be.