About Me

 


My name is LaRita, and I am a dedicated STEM teacher and educational leader.

Throughout years of schooling, I have cultivated my interest and potential in the sciences, along with my passion for education and leadership. I now work to combine the two by using my background in chemistry to not only teach, but also encourage more young girls and minority youth to develop their own interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

 Educational Background

I am a product of my high school’s International Baccalaureate program in Mobile, AL. Upon graduation, I went on to earn my B.S. in chemistry from Howard University (magna cum laude) in Washington, DC. I have since completed my M.S.  in chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Chemistry

As a graduate researcher at Georgia Tech, I worked primarily in the Marder Lab on the synthesis and characterization of donor-pi-acceptor motifs for dye-sensitized solar cells using C-H functionalization methods developed in the lab.

Click here to read more about my experience in the field of organic chemistry.

Teaching

As a Galloway School  instructor, I teach multiple sections of 10th grade chemistry, one section of Advanced Placement (AP) chemistry, one section of Anatomy and Physiology, and (previously) one research design elective. In each course, I lead experiments designed to supplement the lecture material and evaluate students’ class work, laboratory performance, quizzes and exams for comprehension and critical-thinking skills. Outside of class time, I host scheduled office hours for individual or group tutorials and regularly communicate with students’ parents and advisors regarding progress.

Prior to teaching at Galloway, I served as an adjunct professor for Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, AL, where I lectured a full course load of Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry, College Chemistry I and College Chemistry II.

During my graduate studies, I was a teaching assistant for the freshman general chemistry and sophomore organic chemistry labs. In both capacities, I headed multiple lab sections and was responsible for grading, facilitating experiments, and hosting regularly scheduled office hours for drop-in tutoring.

Click here to read more about my adventures and reflections in teaching.

Involvement

I am always looking for ways to get more young people excited about learning!

From global field trips to professional development programs to hands-on demonstrations, I leap at any opportunity to teach and learn outside of the classroom.

Click here to read more about my school and community-wide involvement.

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