James Gorman holds a Masters Degree in Chemical and Life Sciences from the University of Maryland. He has about two decades of experience as an STEM educator. Currently, James teaches physics, engineering, and chemistry at Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, MA. He also is an educational consultant who specializes in applying meaningful learning techniques in the classroom. In particular, James emphasizes the use of concept mapping to facilitate the elucidation of student understanding.
His work has been published by IGI and presented at many local, state, national, and international conferences. James has also collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MADESE) to create strand maps of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. His focus was the construction of the physical sciences (chemistry and physics) and technology/engineering strands and making recommendations to the standards review committees based on my analysis. James has also consulted for the Boston Museum of Science during the development of a full-year course called Engineering the Future: Science, Technology, and the Design Process™. The unit concept maps that he developed were published in the curriculum’s teacher manual.
James' interest in education led him to become a board member in a local catholic parochial school, Assumption School of Millbury, MA. MADESE appointed him a member of the Massachusetts Performance Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (MPAKS) advisory committee as well as the Chemistry Content Advisory Committee member for the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL®). Currently, James is a fellow with the National Education Association’s (NEA) Teacher Leadership Institute.
James’ work in education has been recognized by the Blackstone Valley Superintendents’ Consortium with their ‘Promising Practices - Exemplar in Curriculum’ golden apple award in May 2018. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has recognized his work for “Growing STEM in Our Communities” and “Supporting Diversity in STEM”. In 2019, Follett Corporation recognized James as an ‘Innovator.’ The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers named James as the 2019 Science Educator of the year for Worcester County.