Mr. Modry

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Jay Modry
Professional Educator
Email:  jmodry@ossu.org (best way to get me)


Educational Philosophy
In my experience, students learn science best when their science class incorporates the following:
    -A student centered focus
    -Content that is relevant and important to students and the world
    -A strong focus on inquiry and the process of science (science as a habit of mind rather than collection of facts)
    -Lots of formal and informal dialog between students
    -Multiple opportunities to learn key content and skills
    -Formative assessments are used to help students identify what they need to work on
     -A strong focus on literacy
    -Lots of hands-on experience
    -Opportunities to revise 
    -Fun
    -A teacher that cares about their success
Educational Background
-BA with honors in biology  Middlebury College  1990
-Graduate study in science and pedagogy at Middlebury College, UVM, Norwich University, St. Michael's College, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, and Southeastern New Hampshire University
-Currently enrolled in a Masters of Environmental Science program through Green Mountain College
-AP Biology Summer Institute at St. Johnsbury Academy
Courses Taught  (1994-present)

AP Biology(11th and 12th grade)  
Service Learning in Math and Science (9th grade to 11th grade)  
Biology / Environmental Science (10th grade)

Personal Interests

Spending time with family and friends, preferably outdoors
Flyfishing
Hunting (Archery, waterfowl, turkey)
Gardening
Designing and building our own energy efficient home
Telemark skiing
Mountain biking (love those Hazen trails!)
Learning guitar