I have the power to develop a classroom culture that encourages independent thinking and learning.
Lindsay Wells 2009 Fellow
2009 Fellow Lisbon High School Lisbon Falls, Maine
Lindsay’s love affair with science began while attending Hereford High School in Parkton, M.D. “Like many adults who have a good relationship with science, I had two great high school physics teachers, a husband and wife team who always connected science to real life.” Lindsay has fond memories of the support and guidance she received from these teachers as she worked on her first research project–making a hologram.
As a student at Amherst College, Lindsay chose to major in physics. However, she struggled with insecurities about her ability to do science and came close to switching majors. After researching the reasons behind the persistent gender gap in the field of physics, Lindsay co-founded a study group aimed at fostering a sense of community among female physics students and helping them to value their talents and abilities. Today, she does her best to help all of her students recognize their strengths in science.
Upon graduation, Lindsay became inspired by her parents’ development work in Guatemala. Realizing that she had a lot to learn about how the majority of the world lives, she moved to Mozambique to teach English and computer skills. “From all this, I learned how important it is for students to actively participate in their own education and I realized that critical thinking is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced, not just something we’re all born with.”