Jeneca Dovey '09, left, with Karen Johnson and Brian Watson, in physics
Jeneca Dovey '09 visited campus recently and got some tips on teaching physics from faculty members. A biology major, Dovey had been teaching physics in Guinea as a Peace Corps volunteer and will be teaching in Cameroon.
She explained, "I was, until recently, teaching physics at the middle- and high school level in Guinea, West Africa. Due to political unrest and violence in Guinea, I was evacuated and I have been reassigned to teach in Cameroon."
During her visit, she met with Karen Johnson and Brian Watson, associate professors of physics, who shared some teaching tips and provided her with some resources including text books, a small telescope, lenses, diffraction gratings, prisms, magnets, reusable heat packs, compasses and mirrors to aid in classroom demonstrations. Watson even found a physics teaching magazine from January 1983, which focused entirely on teaching physics in Cameroon.
"I'm going to be the best-prepared teacher in the entire country," Dovey remarked. She teaches grades seven through 10, with classes of about 100 students and a two-hour time block. Dovey uses activities and demonstrations to engage her students. "These kids have never had teachers who do demonstrations. I think I am really showing them that school can be fun," Dovey said.
Though large classes and a strict government-based curriculum can be challenging, Dovey said that she loves seeing students excited about learning. "I love it and I can't wait to get back!," she said.
Story and photo by Josh Johnson '10, University communications intern
Posted: April 15, 2010