Welcome

Hi! I am Nick Duell, a chemistry teacher at Chicopee Comprehensive High School.

In my spare time, I really enjoy cooking, brewing rich coffee, and spending time with my husband and two pups. I’m from Rochester, New York and attended SUNY Geneseo, where I truly found a love for the world of chemistry. I am a huge fan of Wegmans grocery stores, The Office (great scene), and Survivor. I have a large family and I love and miss them all very much. Throughout the year, you might get tired of me making references to Rochester, Geneseo, or Wegmans. But someday, I hope that you, too, can have as much pride and passion for your hometown of Chicopee as I do for my hometown.

The great thing about science is that it’s okay to be completely wrong. In fact, as you take a look at the work of many of the scientists that we salute as great minds and we compare that ideology with what we accept to be true in science today, most of them weren’t totally right. Sure, a lot of their work contributed concepts that helped to steer the science community in the right direction, but Democritus didn’t perfect the structure of the atom immediately (we’ll learn about Democritus in just a few short weeks). He did nudge the ship in the right direction and we have tested his ideas and expanded upon them ever since.

Carry this idea into the classroom. Be wrong every so often and be okay with it. Ask questions. Test ideas. Scientists hypothesize, observe, test, and conclude…and then they try again. Or they try it differently. When we begin learning about the world of chemistry, don’t be afraid to be flat-wrong occasionally. Raise your hand and offer an answer you think is right. It’s the way the science community operates.

Welcome to my website. I hope you find it valuable.

Class Calendar

Below, you can see my calendar for school-related events and assignments. Extra help sessions usually occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, but may be rescheduled or cancelled based on special circumstances.