Hi! Welcome to Physics C AP! My name is Mark Kinsey and this is my fifteenth year at Clements High School.
I have been teaching for 38 years and began my teaching carreer in Spring Branch ISD at Memorial HS (1979-1982). I taught at St. John's School for 17 years (1982-1999) before moving to Fort Bend ISD. I spent three years at Elkins HS (1999-2002) before coming to Clements in August, 2002.
I graduated from Bay City High School in 1975. I completed my BS at Sam Houston State University in 1979 with a major in Physics and minors in Chemistry and Math. I have done graduate work in education at SHSU, TAMU, University of Arkansas and at the Colorado School of Mines.
I am a Consultant in AP Physics for the College Board. I have presented numerous two-day workshops in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas and Oklahoma. I have also conducted week-long Summer Institutes at Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Brownsville, University of Houston Downtown, Texas A&M International University, University of Arkansas (Little Rock), UT San Antonio and Texas Lutheran University.
I am also an active member of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) where I have been trained as one of approximately 300 national Physics Teacher Resource Agents (PTRA's). I frequently give workshops for the Houston Area Physics Teachers (HAPT), an affiliated organization of the AAPT. During the Spring 2004 meeting of the Texas Section of the AAPT, I was chosen as one of two Outstanding Physics Teachers in Texas. During the summer of 2004, I spent a week at FermiLab, currently the world's largest particle accelerator, as one of the four lead teachers in the QuarkNet program just organized by Rice University and the The University of Houston.
I have been the Physics Curriculum Writer for FBISD. I have authored the curriculum for Physics I (Advanced), Physics I (Honors/GT) and Physics II AP (C). I have also been involved with the Vertical Alignment of the curriculum during the summer of 2003.
I love music and am a classically trained musician! I served as the Organist and Handbell Director for Sugar Land Baptist Church from January, 2002 until 2013 and volunteer in several other areas of the music ministry. I served as Organist for Memorial Drive Baptist Church for 11 years and as the Choral Director/Organist for Braeburn Presbyterian Church for 10 years before moving to Sugar Land Baptist. I love handbells and was a member of the semi-professional handbell ensemble, the Houston Festival Ringers.
My wife, Sally, is currrently teaching 4th Grade Math and Science at Colony Meadows Elementary. We have three sons named Jonathan, Brandyn, and Nathaniel. Jonathan (26) is a graduate student in Dance at Sam Houston State University and works full time for SHSU in the on-line learning. Brandyn (23) graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in December, 2016 and will be entering Truett Seminary at Baylor University in January, 2017. Nathaniel (20) is double majoring in Accounting and MIS at Baylor University and has served as a CL (dorm community leader) for two years.
I am excited to have my own lab room in the new Science area. I am looking forward to expanding the use of the computer interfacing equipment from PASCO as well as the implementation of "Physlets" (physics applets) into the curriculum. The new technology now available to us in the newly renovated and expanded science wing provides us with access to tremendous resources that we can incorporate into instruction.