Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Chemistry, University of Maryland College Park, 2002 B.S. Secondary Education: Science, University of Maryland College Park, 2002 M.S. Life Sciences: Chemistry Focus, University of Maryland College Park, 2006 Ph.D. Radiochemistry, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2011
Dr. Christopher L. Klug
Welcome Scholars to Science at ASA! I am excited to be your teacher for biology then chemistry for your 9th grade year, and for physics in your 10th grade year.
I come to you with 5 years of high school teaching experience from Maryland, where I taught Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Biochemistry, AP Physics, and Earth Science. I further explored the connections between chemistry and biology while teaching high school through a Master’s degree, which included classes like Electrochemistry, Chemical Ecology, Immunology, Genetics, and Biochemistry. I was also involved as a teaching assistant (pre-lab lectures, supervision, and grading of reports) for a national summer school in nuclear and radiochemistry for 4 summers while teaching high school.
When I returned to school for my Ph.D. in radiochemistry, I continued to be a lab teaching assistant for general and organic chemistry labs. After 4 years of living in Las Vegas and learning about and how to do chemistry with radioactive elements, I moved to Aiken and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Savannah River National Lab for 2 years. I have also taught general chemistry and quantitative analytical chemistry for the past 6 years at Augusta University, where I earned promotion and tenure. After running workshops last year for 8th grade physical science teachers in Richmond County, I decided it was time for a change and to take the next step in my teaching career and to return to the high school classroom.
I’m excited about the opportunities which are presented by teaching ASA Scholars for all 3 core sciences. As a scientist I am deeply invested in hands-on and active learning strategies, and from my teaching and research background I understand the connections between biology, chemistry, and physics.
This all probably makes me sound like a huge nerd, which I am happy to admit. I also enjoy playing video games, board games and other tabletop games. I am an avid reader of non-fiction science, history of science, science fiction, and fantasy (working through the John Scalzi books now, but the N.K. Jemisin Broken Earth Trilogy and Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone are also on my recently read list). I also enjoy doing cross stitch to relax, and have a vegetable garden at home. Hopefully I can sponsor some really nerdy club related to one of those interests!
Christopher L. Klug, Ph.D.
Science (Biology/Chemistry/Physics) Teacher
Aiken Scholars Academy