AAPT: American Association of Physics Teachers

AAPT Member Spotlight

Meet Larry

I have been a member of AAPT for over 30 years. During this time, AAPT has helped me grow professionally as a high school physics teacher, a graduate student, and a university faculty member. My journey into physics and physics teaching began late in my education at Garden City Community College in Garden City, KS, where I had a phenomenal instructor - Warren Fouse. He shared his passion for physics with his students and made learning physics meaningful by making every effort to engage all his students actively. My path, however, did not directly lead to physics or physics teaching. I transferred to Kansas State University to pursue engineering as an undergraduate major but felt this was not a good fit for what I wanted to do. I changed my major to physics and physics teaching due to the profound impact that my community college physics instructor had on me. I was also fortunate to have Dean Zollman, a distinguished physics education researcher, as an advisor. He would later inspire me to get involved in physics education development and research. 

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