In November, many of the science teachers across the state met at the Colorado State Science Conference to grow and learn more about the craft of teaching science. I would like to take this opportunity to say a big “thank you” to all who worked tirelessly on the convention! You are all amazing and are appreciated by all who attended.
As I was sitting at the CAST booth during the conference, I had the opportunity to visit with many pre-service teachers about the CAST organization and the amazing career that they were preparing to enter. Their eager faces and enthusiasm were refreshing and encouraging. Not only were their faces a bright spot in my day, but also the faces of those amazing science educators that have been in the forefront of Colorado science education for decades made me smile. These science leaders have had a huge impact on me over the years. During every science conference that I attended over the years, I would sit in their workshops enraptured by their wisdom. They shared practical science ideas that I could take back and apply in my classroom. With enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge, they modeled good teaching practices while instilling in the hearts of all who were in their sessions their passion for science. They shared their love for science content, inquiry, assessment or standards in such a way that they moved the rest of us to a higher level of science instruction.
As I saw each of the faces of these science heroes, I was struck with how dear each one is to my heart. They probably have no idea what a huge mark they have made on my life, but their ideas have been carried back to my classroom and to other teachers that I have encountered. So, I humbly say “thank you” to each of you who have shared your knowledge at conventions and workshops. Your influence continues to be felt throughout our state and beyond.
All of us have an influence. We influence our students, other teachers, student-teachers and all of those who our lives touch. May we all do our best to share the passion that we have for teaching and for the subject we teach in such a way that we too leave a positive legacy for others in our path.
Amy Nicholl, President