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Career Profile: Astronomer to High-School STEM Educator

30 Dec 2015, 20:00 UTC
Career Profile: Astronomer to High-School STEM Educator
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The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths.Below is our interview with Hannah Krug, an astronomer turned high-school STEM educator.   If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below.For access to all our Career Profile Project interviews, please visit http://aas.org/jobs/career-profiles. What field do you currently work in?High school educationWhat is the job title for your current position?Upper School Mathematics & Physics Teacher; Science Research CoordinatorWhat is the name of your company/organization/institution?Holton-Arms School, an all-girls 3-12 independent schoolWhat city, state, and country do you live in? Work in?Live in Laurel, MD US, work in Bethesda, MD USWhat is the highest degree in astronomy/physics you have received?Ph.D in Astronomy from the University of Maryland, 2013What is/was your ultimate/final academic position in astronomy/physics?Graduate student researcherWhat were the most important factors that led you to leave astronomy and/or academia?I discovered how much I loved teaching while in grad school and thought I had a gift for communicating complex concepts to people with little to no background.  I was frustrated ...

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