Proviso East Chemistry teacher Glen Lid has been teaching at Proviso East since 1979. He refers to his students as “Lid’s Kids.” This is a name they don’t mind because he shows extreme dedication to them and the sciences by continuously searching for innovative ways to teach and inspire.
Lid attends workshops at Fermilab, in Batavia, Illinois, to learn advance topics in teaching chemistry and how to do more creative demonstrations for students to improve the use of science and technology within his classroom.
Fermilab is the largest U.S. laboratory for research in high-energy physics and is second only to CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, in the world. Fermilab offers training to teachers from some of the greatest minds in the field of science.
“The Fermi workshops provide me with the best practices used to teach chemistry,” said Lid. “Workshops such as these help me keep my students current, and they also help me develop innovative ways to excite students about the sciences.”
During his most recent workshop, Lid learned techniques for teaching problem solving, rates of chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, thermal chemistry, and electro chemistry. Because of Lid's Fermilab workshops students will begin to use more advanced computer interfacing technology beginning next semester.
Students of Lid say they are always excited about chemistry class because Lid makes it fun and different.
“Most kids don't like chemistry,” said Proviso East Junior Jasmine Simmons, “But we like it because of Mr. Lid. He always makes it fun. He gets all the students involved and he makes sure that we understand the lesson. Mr. Lid is the best because he makes kids love science.”
Eric Fernandez, a sophomore at Proviso East, says Lid inspired him to become a chemist.
“Mr. Lid makes chemistry cool,” said Fernandez. “When we go on trips with other chemistry students we are always the best. Our projects are always the best. He's just a great teacher. I used to want to be a lawyer, but Mr. Lid inspired me to become a chemist.”
One of Lid’s students, from the class of 2008 has gone on to South Carolina State. She says that she was also inspired by Mr. Lid.
“Mr. Lid is the reason why I am in school right now,” said Proviso East Alum Vanessa Nepomuceno. “He really opened my eyes to different careers in science. He gave us so much information. Now I am going to school to become a Chemical Laboratory Scientist. He’s just a great teacher. I'm definitely a Lid Kid.”