In 2009, the American Chemical Society (ACS) set out to answer the question “What can the world’s largest scientific society uniquely do to transform science education in the United States?"
After research, review, and feedback from the chemical education
community, the answer was clear: create a national organization
dedicated solely to supporting K–12 teachers of chemistry. That very
idea came alive in September 2013 at the ACS national meeting in
For over a year, an advisory board comprising of secondary chemistry teachers, professors, industry experts, and ACS leaders worked together with ACS staff and resources to shape the programming and direction of what you know as AACT.
AACT is founded on the guiding principal that we are creating a
community by and for teachers of chemistry. The AACT website is a
professional home through which the K–12 chemistry teaching community
has access to customized resources and support—from staff and most
importantly, from colleagues and peers.
As the landscape of chemical education changes and new challenges arise, AACT will help teachers navigate their path to success by offering new curriculum to implement in the classroom, vetting chemistry teaching resources, and providing professional development opportunities that address current topics.
We are proud to be the first national chemistry association for K–12 teachers and hope you’ll join us in building a lasting community for and by passionate educators.
AACT has five full-time, dedicated employees and the talent of several collaborators working together to bring you the best resources and support possible. Our core team includes Adam M. Boyd, Felicia Chaplin, Jenn Fees, Kira Washington, and Monica Wixon.
Adam M. Boyd, Program Director
Adam brings more than 16 years of experience working for the American Chemical Society in the Education Division. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry and English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University. You’re most likely to find him listening to Ben Folds in his spare time.
Felicia Chaplin, Program Coordinator
Prior to joining AACT as the Program Coordinator, Felicia worked in communications and marketing for nonprofits and professional sports teams. She has a B.A. in Journalism & Promotional Communication from Cleveland State University and an M.P.S. from Georgetown University. Felicia is a Long Island, NY native. You can usually find her reading, traveling, rooting for the New York Yankees, or re-watching Supernatural.
Jenn Fees, Education Resource Specialist
Jenn left the chemistry classroom to join AACT as our team’s content and resource expert. She brings with her 9 years of teaching experience and tons of new ideas. She holds a B.S. in Forensic Chemistry and an M.T. in Secondary Science Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. When she’s not working, find her on the soccer field coaching, playing, or cheering on her favorite team—Manchester United.
Kira Washington, Sr. Web Associate
Kira is a native Washingtonian with a combined 10+ years experience in web design and development, product management, and user-experience. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Saint Paul's College. Additionally, she earned her Web Design and Development certificate from Georgetown University, Product Management certificate from General Assembly, and is NN/g UX Certified. Kira admits she's seen the TV show Frasier more than 50 times, and counting.
Monica Wixon, Science Coaches Project Manager
Monica was a high school chemistry teacher for 6 years before joining the AACT team as the Science Coaches Project Manager. She holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Music from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education from the University of Maryland. Monica spends her free time singing in choirs, reading anything she can get her hands on (especially Harry Potter), and re-watching Parks and Recreation.
Inaugural AACT Governing Board
|Barbara Sitzman | President||Rebecca Field | Elementary School Ambassador|
|Scott Hawkins | President-Elect||Diane Krone | SOCED Representative|
|Sally Mitchell | Special Consultant
||Roxie Allen | DivCHED Representative|
|Regis Goode | Committee Representative
||Emily Bones | Chemistry Solutions Editor|
|Adrian Dingle | High School Ambassador||Adam M. Boyd | AACT Staff Representative|
|Sarah Paquette | Middle School Ambassador|
Meet the current AACT Governing Board
AACT would not be possible without the many dedicated individuals who have been instrumental in making this association a reality. Special thanks to:
The AACT Advisory Board | Roxie Allen, Shelly Belleau, George M. Bodner, Regis Goode, Katie Hunt, Andy Jorgensen, Tom Lane, Jessica Levine, Stephen Radice, Barbara Sitzman, Laura Slocum, and Don Wink.
Special thanks also to Sue Nurrenbern, SOCED, DivCHED, and the ACS Education Division. We'd also like to thank the entire ACS staff for their teamwork and support—especially Songul Ozdemir and the web content management team.