High School Chemistry Teacher at Urbana HS in Ijamsville, MD
Originally Shearer was a pre-medical student at Princeton University. She began to volunteer at a school for the deaf and based on her experience she decided that she wanted to change her major. She decided to earn a teaching certificate in addition to a Bachelor degree in chemistry. Before teaching at Urbana High School, Shearer taught at the Maryland School for the Deaf and was the first teacher to offer and AP Chemistry class in the school’s 135-year history.
In 2011, Shearer was named the 61st National Teacher of the Year. “Technology and teaching strategies certainly enhance my efforts, but my recognition of the power of human connection seems to have the most profound effect on my student’s achievement,” Shearer said.
All of her students, during her 14 years of teaching, have nothing but good things to say and state that Shearer’s teaching methods have had a powerful impact on their education.
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