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of topics related to literacy and language learning and technology tools in
education. She believes in using technology to enhance student learning by
enabling learners to reflect, document and track their growth and progress.
As part of the ASB Research and Development team Kelli is currently
exploring the relationship between gender and academic achievement.
Michelle Rines is currently a high school IB Chemistry
teacher at the American School of Bombay. This is her
12th year teaching and engaging students in all levels of
science. Michelle has focused her research on methods
that can be used to close the gender gap in STEM, but her
biggest passion is helping students find their own niche
within high school science curriculum. Michelle’s latest endeavor is working
with teachers to create science curriculum that fuses engineering design
with science and technology. Through this she hopes to reach students who
sit at the fringe of science classrooms and inspire them with meaningful,
rich experiences tied to the real world.
Peter Dratz has been a teacher at Hong Kong
International School for 27 years. He believes that most
of life’s learning happens outside of the classroom and
that classroom learning is facilitated by giving students
more opportunities for self-motivated learning. In his
past life, Peter was a Carnegie-Mellon fellow, a Chinese
language teacher, and board member of the Chinese Language Teachers
Association in the USA. Coming to HKIS as Coordinator of Chinese language
program in 1990, Peter transitioned to teaching English and Social Studies
in 1997, the same year Hong Kong was returned to China. The chance to
become involved in an initiative where middle school kids could direct their
own learning five years ago in our Self-Motivated Learning initiative was too
tempting to pass up.