Ann’s Story

Ann Brokaw has over 25 years of experience in the biology classroom—all at Rocky River High School, in Rocky River, Ohio. Ann currently teaches Advanced Placement Biology, Principles of Biology I/College Partnership (dual credit) and Academic Biology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio) and a master’s degree in biology from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio). She has presented at numerous national, regional, and state conferences sponsored by professional organizations, including the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), the American Association of Immunologists, and the Science Education Council of Ohio. Ann has also presented several one-day workshops for AP and non-AP biology teachers including workshops at Rice University and the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to providing professional development, she has developed several classroom resources for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s website and participated in several of their “Holiday Lectures on Science” Teacher Workshops. Ann is a participant in the first cohort of the NABT/BSCS AP Biology Leadership Academy and a regular contributor to the College Board’s AP Biology Online Community. In addition to being the recipient of the 2013 Kim Foglia AP Biology Service Award from NABT, she is also a 2007 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education, the 2006 Outstanding Biology Teacher in Ohio, and the 2005 Teacher of the Year for the Rocky River City Schools. Ann is passionate about biology and science education and continually seeks ways to improve her personal content knowledge as well as her classroom practice.