Year Appointed: 2017
University of Delaware, Geological Sciences – B.S.
Rutgers University, Chemical Oceanography – M.S.
College of William & Mary – M.A.Ed.
“I was inspired to become a science teacher as I was completing my Master’s thesis research on reconstructing past properties (temperature and salinity) of the surface ocean from geochemical analysis of coral skeletons,” says Mrs. Gong. “I only felt like a scientist—constructing my own hypotheses and doing my own research—once in graduate school, so I pursued a teaching career in order to facilitate students’ involvement in independent research at a much earlier age.”
Mrs. Gong has been teaching chemistry and biology in Massachusetts and Virginia since 2011. In her chemistry classroom at CBGS, she provides students with hands-on, wet-chemistry experiences that engage students and allow them to explore and better understand matter’s composition, properties, and behaviors. “My hope is that students’ hands-on experiences in the chemistry classroom inspire them to ask more questions about our world and to seek answers using experimental methods,” says Mrs. Gong.
Outside of the classroom and the lab, Mrs. Gong enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two sons, vegetable gardening, traveling, and ringing in a handbell choir.