Dr. Janet Robinson
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Hello! I am very pleased to be a Jackrabbit! My career has been varied but always based in chemistry. I've been teaching chemistry for 20 years and other physical science courses (9-12 grades) for 8 years.
BS degree: Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. Medical Technology/Chemistry. Year Internship: University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Clinical Chemist: I worked for 5 years in this medical career where I performed laboratory tests in a hospital setting in Salt Lake City, Austin, and Denver.
MA degree: University of Texas, Austin. in Science Education
Teaching High School Chemistry and Physics. I earned an Iowa Science Teacher certification for 7-12 science. I taught chemistry and senior-level physics for 7 years in Decorah, Iowa.
Curriculum Writing in Boston, Tufts University: Fellowship at Center for Innovation in Science Education. I wrote a chronicle of human invention from natural resources in Mexico, Central and South America before the arrival of the conquistadors. Its title is Pre-Columbian Chemistry: Descriptive Chemistry and History of Technology. I hope it may interest students here even more than it did in Iowa. The idea began when a student asked me, "Weren't there any early chemical achievement over here in the "New World?"
Ph.D: I completed a PhD program in Science Education at the University of Iowa. I became a postdoctoral fellow in Chemical Education at the University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence. As a result I was offered a professor position at KU. I performed research in chemical education and wrote and administered state and federal grants--in addition to teaching.
College Teaching in Chemistry: At KU: I taught General Chemistry for Science Majors as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at the University of Kansas and stayed for 6 years. At ASU: I taught the second semester of General Chemistry for Science Majors as an Associate Professor in the Chemistry Dept, also in Chemical Education.
Return to High School Teaching: After I left ASU I began searching for a rewarding career again and taught on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community High School for two years. There I taught Chemistry, Physical
Science and Physics First. In July 2014 I began here at Mesa High School.
Family: We live in Mesa. My husband, Randy, is an organic chemist and former professor at Luther College and lecturer at ASU. He is also a sculptor. He uses marble, alabaster, and metal gas cylinders. We have two married sons: Thaddeus is a philosophy professor in Pennsylvania; Zachary is a civil engineer in Denver. We have three grandchildren, Beatrice, Conner, and Peter. Living with us is our bossy rescued dog, Mariah. She is a mix of a black Labrador retriever and something else with blue eyes.