2016 National Board of Directors Election Candidate for At large High School Representative
William E. (Bill) Reitz
Retired from Hoover High School
B.A.Ed. University of Akron, 1970 Physical Science magna cum laude
Euclid H.S.(OH) Physical Science Teacher 1971-1972
American Association of Physics Teachers
Committee on Physics in Pre-High School, past member & chair<
I have taught high school physics for 40 years on three continents in private, public and parochial settings. During that time, the AAPT has been a constant influence on my career. I was introduced to The Physics Teacher magazine during my college methods classes and took old copies with me when I journeyed to teach in Australia. Later, I was able to share TPT with colleagues in Europe when I taught there. After those overseas forays, my local AAPT Section provided support and guidance to further my career. Participation in the PTRA program boosted me to feel like a bonafide professional. Being a member and chair of AAPT area committees has furthered my understanding and appreciation of all the things that AAPT is and can be.
Looking at recent trends in AAPT membership, we see that the number of high school members has decreased at a time when more US high school students are taking physics. As we lose "Baby-boomer" retirees (often AAPT members), will we be able to attract and support more of their successors? Technologically skilled and socially connected, these Next Gen physics teachers can add richness to our organization. I am sure they will likewise benefit from this organization and its programs as I have throughout my career.
I feel the High School Representative to the AAPT Board of Directors should be an active conduit between the Pre-College community and the Board. I would work hard to help that community and the Board address the changing conditions facing high school and pre-high school teachers.