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Elaine Gwinn - Vice Chair of the Section Representativeselaine_Gwinn_VC_sec_rep_2014

Elaine Gwinn has a passion for teaching, which was initially sparked by her first physics class in college. After her children were in school, she headed back to college to earn a BS degree in Chemistry at West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University) in 1992, and obtained her Masters of Science Degree in Physics Education in 2008 from Ball State University.

Elaine is certified to teach all sciences grades 6-12, a necessity for many science teachers in rural areas in Texas.  Under her leadership, a strong physics program was established at Canyon High School, her first teaching position, which included Physics I, Pre-AP Physics, and AP B Physics.  In 2004, she moved to Indiana to be closer to their children. 

During the past ten years Elaine has taught in a variety of challenging situations and now serves as the dual-credit Physics, dual-credit Chemistry, Chemistry I, and Integrated Chemistry & Physics teacher at Shenandoah High School, a small rural school in east central Indiana.

Elaine has participated in professional development opportunities, which enhanced her classroom expertise.  Programs that were influential in her career include: Comprehensive Comprehensive Curriculum for Physics, Rural PTRA, PhysTEC, ATE workshops, and participation in section meetings in both Indiana and Texas.

She currently works as a PhysTEC  Visiting Master Teacher at Ball State University and is an adjunct physics instructor for Ivy Tech Community College.  Elaine currently serves as AAPT Vice Chair for Section Reps and also as the Indiana Section Representative.