Science teacher gets ball rolling with One Class grant

By Anna Yee

December 12, 2012 Updated Dec 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Courtney Lee may be teaching the typical science material, but she isn't your typical science teacher.

At least that's what her students say at Richwoods High School.

"Mrs. Lee's a really good teacher," said Amiah Flowers, a 9th grader. "She has different ways of going about things to help you learn, and it helps me, too."

"She'll let you adapt to your own learning style," said Alex Stevenson, also a freshman. "For example, I'm sitting here on my laptop taking notes, because I can't read my handwriting most of the time, and if you come up and ask her questions, she'll explain it in different ways. You can come after school and stuff, and she'll give you the individualized help you need."

One of the classes Mrs. Lee teaches is earth science, a subject she says doesn't produce the best chemistry with funding opportunities.

"One of the things with earth science is that it's not a lab based course," said Mrs. Lee. "So, with other courses, students are paying fees. This is one where they don't, and so, sometimes it's a little hard to always get the money that they need."

Mrs. Lee wants to use the grant to buy model cars to help explain the growing topic of alternative energy.

"I think that cars are a cool way to talk about that kind of stuff," said Mrs. Lee. "I think they're relevant. The kids certainly care about cars and the future of them."

And caring about science can go a long way.

"I'm really hoping that they can just understand that there's a lot going on in science," said Mrs. Lee, "that they can even be the future of science. I think it's really important that they see that they can do it. And, if they have it, it's in their hands, it's tangible, I think they they can see that a little bit more."