Karen Brumley

Karen Brumley

Chemistry and Physics teacher


Comal ISD

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Taught in middle school 2 years.
Worked as an assistant geophysicist in oil exploration.
Got married and taught high school 5 more years then moved to Ohio.
Taught 5 mo Had 2 kids by then, worked as a science textbook editor, and then taught for 10. more years.
Got my master's degree and worked for the Ohio Department of Education as a Science Education Consultant.
Moved back to Texas, worked as a Secondary Science Specialist for a large district for 5 years. Went back to teaching and working as an independent science consultant.
I create science education resources that are used by teachers all over the world. I give trainings for science teachers at conventions.
I have 2 grandchildren and 3 stepgrandchildren. I love to go to the beach and camping with my husband and dogs.

Education

High School
Marshall High, Marshall, TX
Bachelor
BS, Earth Sciences
Texas A & M University-College Station
Graduate
MA, Science Teaching and Learning
Ohio State University-Main Campus

Career

Chemistry and Physics teacher

I teach chemistry and physics through PBL at an early college high school.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Education
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Teaching is the tip of the iceberg. A successful teacher spends hours planning and preparing units before even presenting them to students. Labs involve set up and break down. During class time, you will be presenting, facilitating and monitoring students. Outside of class, there are meetings, communication with parents, grading and assessing student work and entering grades.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
BS, Earth Sciences
graduate
Graduate
MA, Science Teaching and Learning

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You won't make a lot of money as a teacher."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial