Biographies: Georgia State University

Elizabeth Walker

I've always loved school and loved learning even more. For as long as I can recall I have always been fascinated by all things science, so much so, that by the time I was 7 years old I decided that I would be either an obstetrician/gynecologist or a teacher. I read the encyclopedias in my spare time, was an avid follower of Star Trek, played with my chemistry and electronics kits and even wrote my own "research" paper on embryology, just to name a few. Imagine my excitement when I enrolled in a high school where students could choose between two tracks: the sciences or the arts; naturally I chose the sciences. For the duration of my secondary education I studied biology, chemistry and physics simultaneously. Thus my love and appreciation for Physics (above all other sciences) was born.

Ironically, I entered college as a chemistry pre-med major. At the end of my freshman year my physics professor, who was also my advisor, suggested I consider Physics as a major. I double majored in Chemistry and Physics then decided to major exclusively in physics. Even though I worked as a teaching assistant during my undergraduate years, teaching as profession never crossed my mind. I was just content to study physics as a hobby. Until one day I got a postcard in the mail proclaiming the shortage of science teachers and requesting all science, engineering and math majors consider a career in teaching. I have taught all levels of physics in a suburban public school in Georgia for 22 years. I love working with students to solve interesting problems, doing demonstrations and just inspiring students to considering science, especially physics, as a career.

I have worked consistently each year to improve my abilities as an educator both personally and professionally. Since 2003, I have been involved in various research opportunities at several of the local colleges and currently serve as an eMentor with the American Association of Physics teachers. I am so excited to be a part of the PhysTec team at Georgia State University. More importantly I'm honored to be a part of a team of educators and scientists who will have a direct impact on cultivating some of the best and brightest minds in physics teaching.