Resume for

Peggy Bertrand, Ph.D.





Bachelor of Science Degree, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1976

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.


Teaching Certification, University of Tennessee, 1998

Licensure in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology



Professional History


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.


Editor, Special Focus Series for Physics, The College Board, 2006-2007

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).


P. Bertrand, “Teaching Fluid Mechanics with Hurricane Katrina,” Presented paper at the AP Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, July 2008


P. Bertrand, “Multiple Choice Test Preparation with Electronic Polling System,” Presented paper at the AP Annual Conference, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, July 2006


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)



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)



Professional Memberships


American Association of Physics Teachers (and Tennessee affiliate)

National Science Teachers Association

National Education Association (and Tennessee and Oak Ridge affiliates)


Contact Information


Oak Ridge High School, 127 Providence Road, Oak Ridge, TN  37830.


Telephone: (865)425-9600 x 2568 (classroom) or (865)425-9678 (FAX).

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