Kevin Lavigne

Kevin Lavigne is a chemistry teacher at Hanover High School in Hanover, NH. He presented "Design Thinking” at the 2016 NH Educator Summer Summit. Like George Burns, Kevin says "I would rather be a failure at something I love that a success at something I hate." He says he loves teaching, but that doesn't make what he does in the classroom unique. He feels  that what makes his work in the science classroom unique is that he enriches the curricular material with personal experiences and research opportunities for his students. For most of his teaching career he has found ways to remain involved in the scientific community through field and lab research. These endeavors include: extracting dinosaur bones in Colorado; investigating how squid utilize polarized vision at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.; biogeochemical research in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica and on the northern tundra of Alaska; science curriculum and product development for LEGO robotics, TUFTS and National Instruments; and teaching in China at the International School of Tianjin. All of these experiences have allowed him to grow as a person, a teacher and had an impact on how he works with students and colleagues. When he is not teaching, or playing outside, he tries to learn how to do something that could be considered useful.