Peggy Bertrand, Ph.D.
Bachelor of Science Degree, Southeastern
Majored in Chemistry with concentrations in physics, math and biology.
Doctor of Philosophy, The Florida State University, 1982
Researched solution thermodynamics of the actinide and lanthanide elements.
Licensure in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology
Research Chemist, Shell Development Company, Houston, Texas, 1982-1984
Conducted research and managed a physical properties laboratory.
Software Developer, Synergistic Applications, Inc., Oak Ridge, TN, 1984-1998
Designed and developed scientific and engineering software, including two internationally published commercial products (MacFlow TM and WinFlow TM).
AP Physics Teacher, Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge, TN, 1998 – present
Conducts AP Physics B and C program for between 90 and 140 students annually. Employs guided inquiry methodology with heavy laboratory emphasis. Uses instructional technology, and helps other teachers acquire technology skills.
AP Reader and Table Leader, Educational Testing Service, 2002-2008
Reads and scores AP Physics exams; table leader since 2004. Duties include rubric construction, management of other readers, and scoring student exams.
AP Consultant, The College Board, 2004-present
Conducts one day workshops and five day summer institutes for new and experienced teachers in both Physics B and Physics C.
AP Incentive Program Reviewer, United States Department of Education, 2005
Participated in panel review of proposals to increase participation of low income and at risk students in AP and Pre-AP curricula.
Duties included coordination and editing of a series of articles by AP Physics teachers on best practices in teaching electrostatics in Physics B and C.
Select Recent Publications and Presented Papers
P. Bertrand, “Hurricane Katrina: A Teachable Moment”, The Science Teacher, 76: 30-35 (2009).
P. Bertrand, “Using a Classroom Response System to Improve Multiple-Choice Performance in AP Physics,” The Physics Teacher, 47: 216-219 (2009).
Bertrand, “Teaching Fluid Mechanics with Hurricane Katrina,” Presented
paper at the AP Annual Conference,
P. Bertrand, “Multiple Choice Test Preparation with Electronic
Polling System,” Presented paper at the AP Annual
P. Bertrand, “Conceptual Links in Electrostatics”, Special Focus: Electrostatics, 2007-2008 Professional Development Workshop Materials, The College Board, Fall 2007
P. Bertrand, “Multiple Intelligences in the Physics Classroom,” AP Central, The College Board online publication (2005) http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/37025.html
Recent Honors and Awards
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (2009)
Outstanding High School Physics Teacher (Tennessee AAPT, 2009)
Siemens Award for Advanced Placement Teaching, State Winner (2008)
Honored by University of Tennessee Physics Department for Outstanding High School Physics Program (2007)
Association of Physics Teachers (and
National Science Teachers Association
Education Association (and
Telephone: (865)425-9600 x 2568 (classroom) or (865)425-9678 (FAX).