Meet John De Backere
What sparked your interest in chemistry and science education?
Since I was a child, I’ve been very curious about how everything in our world works down to the smallest of details. The central role of chemistry in understanding and connecting the natural sciences truly sparked and cultivated my enduring interest. Not to mention all the impressive chemistry reactions and demonstrations; fire, color changes, explosions, liquid nitrogen, and more – what’s not to love?! My goal has always been to contribute to science education so that I can share my passion and help show others how exciting and interesting chemistry truly is. I love watching connections being made between concepts taught in my class with everyday life and real-world phenomena!
What have you enjoyed most about your time teaching in the department of chemistry?
Our department is truly extraordinary; the students, staff and faculty are an incredible ensemble of individuals with whom I enjoy interacting with every single day! There’s also an incredible amount of support for exploring new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning chemistry. Beyond the privilege of interacting with some of the brightest and most talented people I’ve ever met, our department has also built a great sense of community and camaraderie beyond the classroom that I look forward to continuing to promote.