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Four Facts About the Fearless Females of Science at KIS

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Studies show that female science teachers help encourage interest among girls by pushing them to take risks and go against stereotypes. 


Sadly, only 30% of the world’s researchers are female and Ms. Madhuri and Ms. Ally are on a mission to change this. 


1) Tell us more about yourself.


My name is Ms. Madhuri and I teach DP Chemistry. I am originally from Mumbai, India, and began my teaching career as a university lecturer teaching Genetics, Physiology, and Biochemistry. This is my 8th year at KIS, but I’ve spent almost 30 years in Thailand teaching at international schools around the country. 


My name is Ms. Ally and I teach MYP Science. I was born and raised in New York, USA. Upon graduating, I spent 6 years teaching in the U.S. before making the leap to Bangkok. This is my 5th year at KIS.  


2) What made you decide to become a science teacher?


Ms. Madhuri: I have been very passionate about science from a very young age. I am always curious to know more about everything that happens around me. As a student in high school, I had a teacher who inspired me to become knowledgeable and passionate. That led me to teach science so I could spark that same curiosity and interest in others. 


Ms. Ally: I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, even in primary school. But, it wasn’t until Grade 11 Chemistry that I discovered a true love for science. My chemistry teacher, Ms. Chereb, made science engaging and fun. I was inspired by her passion and I try to bring that same enthusiasm to my classes. Seeing an intelligent, compassionate, and personable female science teacher in a male-dominated field was all the more inspiring. My parents also get credit for my fascination with science. Growing up, our holidays were always to U.S. national parks (despite my protests and wanting to go to Disney World). I'm grateful for these trips now, since they developed my appreciation for the environment and the amazing world we live in!


3) What is your favorite thing about being a science teacher? 


Ms. Madhuri: I love watching the students' expressions as they understand concepts. I also find a lot of fulfillment in sharing my knowledge with a new and eager audience. Most importantly, I always feel younger when surrounded by students!


Ms. Ally: My favorite thing is seeing students make their own connections between the classroom and the real world. When learn scientific concepts in class and students share their own experiences related to what we are studying, or ask questions that extend what they have learned to real-world scenarios, I know that learning is happening. To study science is to study all aspects of the world around us. Making these connections allows students to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of not only our planet, but our day-to-day lives!


4) What advice do you have for girls who want to have a career in science?


Ms. Madhuri: Surround yourself with excellence. Never underestimate your abilities. Always be around people who intellectually challenge you. To rise as a young woman in science, it's crucial to build up your confidence and stand up for yourself! 


Ms. Ally: Women are strong, brilliant, capable, and belong in the science and engineering field! There are so many brilliant women who have made incredible contributions to science and have forged the way for others. Like these women before you, follow your passions and interest. Be confident in your abilities and contributions. Be resilient. If you don’t see a path for you to follow, create your own!


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