After thirty years as a beloved science teacher, John McChesney (known to his students as “Mr. Mac”) is retiring. If you or your child has been fortunate enough to experience Mr. Mac’s classes, the best thank-you gift you could give him is a donation to Rock-it Science so that his work can continue for the next generation.
Mr. Mac‘s unique teaching method combined fantastical storytelling with exciting hands-on science experiments. His laboratory classroom, full of amazing gadgets and equipment, provided a stress-free environment where kids could have fun exploring science. His lessons were designed to give kids the thrill of real scientific discovery, and many parents have called Rock-it Science a “life-changing” experience for their children.
Before he retired, Mr. Mac spent five years searching for the right person to replace him. He needed to find someone who really “gets” Rock-it Science, who has not only a science background but also an understanding of children, a sense of humor, and the ability to tell stories and illustrate them on the fly.
He found the ideal replacement in Mary Lyn Azar, who has been teaching at Rock-it Science for the past three years. Mary Lyn has a degree in aeronautical engineering, has taught art in public schools, and has the gift of storytelling in the Rock-it Science style. A mother of four, her kids have been homeschooled and also attended public school.
When Covid-19 hit last spring, we had to close our laboratory classroom and put all our gear in storage. Since then, Mary Lyn has been teaching Rock-it Science lessons online from her home via Zoom, and the students love her! She hopes to resume in-person science classes later this year.
Eventually, when it’s safe to reopen, we’ll need to find a new location to rent, get our gear out of storage, and hire more staff. Your donation will go a long way toward making this happen. Please help us continue Mr. Mac’s vision with a generous donation today.
And leave a message for Mr. Mac, too!