Jerry Kuykendall began his teaching career in a small, rural high school in Idaho. During that time, he helped develop and was the director of a federally funded thematic science program designed to focus on the concepts and processes of science. After several years in Idaho, he moved to Oregon, teaching science at West Linn High School for 25 years. Certified in chemistry and physics, Jerry primarily taught chemistry and organic & biochemistry. But, his love of the earth sciences prompted him to develop and teach courses in geology, oceanography, and meteorology. In addition, he initiated a program in science research that accommodated students who had a wide range of interests, abilities, and learning styles.
Jerry also served as science department chairman at West Linn High School for some 20 years, advocating science programs for all learners and supporting district elementary and middle school teachers and programs. He has conducted numerous workshops and taught classes for science teachers at all levels (K-12) throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. He has served on state-wide committees on science curriculum, science text adoptions, science standards, and science assessments. Jerry was invited and testified before a U.S. Senate committee on a bill to fund science education. He has served as president of OSTA (Oregon Science Teachers Association), and he is a member of NSTA (National Science Teachers Association).
As part of Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School faculty, Jerry strives to provide training and experience for our future science teachers that are relevant and practical, while at the same time, serving as a foundation for launching their careers to aspire for the loftiest goals in science education.
Science is as amazing as it is humbling. It is an adventure filled with wonder and excitement. But, even as we use science to help us uncover the mysteries of our universe, we come to realize how much we will never know. As educators, it is our duty to share that excitement and sense of wonder of with our students. We must promote the ability to raise questions and to provide the opportunity to speculate on and investigate the answers that they generate. Perhaps, through discovery and inquiry, we can reach our ultimate goal - to sustain curiosity in all of our students.
Areas of Expertise
Middle-Level/High School Science, Middle School Science, Science Curriculum, Earth Sciences
Jerry’s current interests cover several areas in education and science. The areas include:
Teaching Methods: Effective formative assessment; differentiation in the classroom
Curriculum: Inquiry based science programs
Learners: Brain development and its relation to learning disorders
Current Science: Chaos theory, cosmology, plate tectonics, cell differentiation, and gene expression and its relation to evolution
Science History: The nature and history of science and their relation to society and culture
M.S. 1978, B.S. 1968: Oregon State University