Katherine J. Wibby

Instructor of Chemistry, Interlochen Arts Academy


M.S., Educational Technology, Michigan State University; B.S., Chemistry, Alma College; Attended Project Zero Classroom, summer 2008

Instructor of Chemistry Katherine J. Wibby began her teaching career at St. Louis High School and joined the Interlochen Arts Academy faculty in 2002. She completed her Masters Degree in Educational Technology in 2006.

In addition to her activities in the classroom, she worked for two summers during college as an intern at Asahi-Thermofil, a plastics plant. Since beginning her work at Interlochen, she has attended many workshops and conferences related to chemistry, technology and educational theories, including an AP Chemistry summer institute, a National Science Teachers Association conference and the Project Zero Institute at Harvard. She is interested in integrating the arts, technology and environmental issues into her chemistry classes. Example projects include: a collaborative project with the biology classes on soil chemistry and shoreline erosion, a collaborative project with music theory students and the "Dr. Atomic" opera, and creating and editing a lab safety video using Mac computers and software.

While at Alma College, she was active in the Alma College Dance Company and directed the Chemistry Club outreach program. After completing her student teaching at St. Louis High School (MI), she was named a Harlan R. McCall Scholar for excellence in student teaching.