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Patrick Lee Gentry Ph.D.
Instructional Coordinator, Biology
Freshman Worker Administrator
Co-Chair Intercultural Learning Community of Practice
PhD Education Leadership, Purdue University, College of Education West Lafayette, IN
MS Cellular & Integrative Physiology, Indiana University, School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
BGS, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, IN
AS, Indiana University Purdue University, School of Allied Health, Indianapolis, IN
Awards & Honors
2014-2015 Most Influential Teacher, Zionsville, IN
2013-2014 Most Valualble Educator, Zionsville, IN
2008 American Heart Association Graduate Researcher Award
Invited Graduate Speaker, Experimental Biology Conference 2008
2000 Bepko Lifelong Learner Award
As Instructional Coordinator my duties include working with course directors to develop or enhance course curriculum, and assist by teaching 1-3 courses/sections per calendar year. I help monitor the progress of the courses by attending weekly course meetings. In addition to work during the courses, I help develop, test and trouble shoot lab exercises during the summer. I am in charge of assigning graduate student and part- time faculty their teaching assignments and ensuring that they are trained and prepared to teach in their assigned role. I am the administrator of the First-year Science Apprenticeship (FKA Freshman Worker Program) which involves HR duties of hiring paperwork, communication with Central HR to have background checks, verify documentation to be hired in the US, orientations, placements and monitoring of Freshmen workers; including approving time cards and fixing timesheets when there are errors. I am the person who interviews and hires part-time faculty and communicating with them to make sure they have all the tools they need to teach the course, including non-majors lecture and lab courses. Finally, I am the Biology Department’s Scheduling Officer. I work with the department chair to build the department’s schedule, which includes scheduling training, course corrections and changes, course deletions, communications with other departments about course schedules.
I taught High School Science for 7 years, from the poorest inner city school to the wealthiest and highest acheiving school district in the State of Indiana, prior to my current position. My teaching has included classes in Biology, Advanced Placement and IU's dual credit ACP Chemistry classes and physics. I have given presentations on Project Based, Guided Inquiry Learning, and proper technology implementation as a way to motivate students with authentic questions and problem solving. In my experience, most classroom disruption and disengagement is a result of a boring and menial lesson.
I am also an advocate for reducing the acheivement gap in students from poverty, providing quality education to all students, and finding ways to eliminate the funding gap between our richest and poorest schools. I promote STEM education as a way to providing economic and social promotion by encouraging and developing the skills of innovation, creativity, collaboration, critical-thinking, and problem-solving.
I have worked as a Marion County Paramedic (formerly Wishard Ambulance Service), even appearing in an episode of Discovery Health's series "Paramedics" , I was a graduate assistant researcher in the IU School of Medicine's Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, I have interned for Roche Diagnostics in their Drugs of Abuse Team, and have taught High School Science, starting a Not-for-Profit Organization that attempted to open a charter school.
National Science Teachers Association
National Education Association
Invited Talks & Presentations:
2015-2016 K323 Genetics Lab Instructor, IUPUI; K101 Introduction to Biology Lab Instructor, IUPUI; Cell Biology Laboratory Lab Instructor, IUPUI
2014-2015 Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington
2013-2015 Advanced Placement Chemistry Instructor, Zionsville Community Schools
2011-2013 Science Teacher, Ben Davis High School, MSD Wayne Township
2008-2011 Science Teacher and High School Team Leader, Fountain Square Academy Public Charter, Indianapolis, IN
PhD thesis- A New Reality: Funding Formula Changes and Property Tax Caps and Their Effects on The Role of Superintendents in the State of Indiana
The Use of Embedded Learning Opportunities and Project Based Learning in Secondary Science Education