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Decatur teacher leaves classroom for own business
by Bridgette Bonner
bbonner@neighbornewspapers.com
May 08, 2013 10:40 AM | 3035 views | 2 2 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After 12 years of teaching science in the City Schools of Decatur, Kris Webb is turning in her grade books and syllabi to open her own science educational enrichment company, The Science of Fun. This will be her last year in the classroom.

Webb has established a summer science, technology, engineering, mathematics [STEM] camp in Avondale Estates, through her company.

Starting this fall, Webb will have after-school programs for computer programming and robotics and will teach physics and chemistry to home school groups and tutor middle and high school students. “I’ve been really successful in the classroom and won an award from the state superintendent,” she said. “It almost makes it tougher to leave something I know I do so well.”

One of Webb’s primary reasons for making the shift to work for herself was to be able to travel, including hosting science-themed international trips. As a mother of a 7-year-old, it was a bold and somewhat risky step for Webb to take.

“This is something I’ve wanted to do for several years, and I stumbled on a website I created a few years back for the camps and realized that’s still what I’m thinking about all the time,” Webb said.

As the state pushed for STEM education, Webb said the time is now to become an entrepreneur in STEM education. Webb admires her late father, who was an entrepreneur all of his adult life, she said.

“It kept him stimulated,” she said. “He was completely happy until the end.” Webb’s camps will be at Sunbury School of Atlanta, 3260 Covington Hwy., for rising second through ninth-grade students. Early registration begins May 15 at $285 for the week. Registration after May 15 is $299 for the week.

Sessions are as follows: June 17 to 21, June 24 to 28, July 1 to 5, July 8 to 12, July 15 to 19, July 22 to 26 and July 29 to Aug. 2. At the camps, students will work with slime, film canister rockets, T-shirt chromatography, marble roller coasters, solar balloons, rocket-propelled toy cars, electromagnets and fountains.

“If I don’t meet the need for the STEM education market, someone else will,” she said.

Webb plans to write lesson plans and lab activities for teachers as well. She wrote most of her own lesson plans as a teacher, and has been able to tailor the lessons to hands-on activities, she said.

“I know how to take the experiments and pull out the knowledge I want the students to gain,” she said.

Although some lessons will need to be tweaked to align with state standards, most fit the state’s requirements, she said.

To register, email thescienceoffun@gmail.com or call (404) 969-2161.
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Chris De Pree
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May 11, 2013
Congratulations to you. Your teaching talents and your love of science will be sorely missed in our Decatur school system!
Kris Webb
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May 08, 2013
Hi everyone!

Clarification, the STEM camp is for 2nd-5th and 6th-9th grade students (they are separated by age).

It is located at the Sudbury School of Atlanta in Avondale Estates.

The website is www.thescienceoffun.org

Thanks!

Kris
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