Lynne Shenk

Assistant Professor of Physical Science


What are the main classes you teach at Crown?

General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics

Degrees & Institutions you received them from:

  • MS from University of Maryland
  • BS with a major in Chemistry from Wheaton College

Before Crown, what did you do?

Taught high school chemistry:

  • District 112 in MN 1 year
  • Totino-Grace High School 1 year
  • District 128 in Illinois: 13 years

Your Testimony?

I was born into a home where my mother and father were both following Christ. They lead by word and example. I surrendered my life to Christ as a young child through the influence of my parents and the church we attended. I continued to mature as a Christian through my college years at Wheaton and then married a Christian man who was headed into pastoral ministry. We have served together and raised a family with God’s help. God has been faithful to us in both good times and times that very difficult. We have learned and continue to learn to trust God in all situations.

Favorite Bible verse and why?

Philippians 1:6 Is a promise that is very comforting. God began the work in me and he will not abandon his work but will continue to work in me until I am complete.

Hobbies, Interests, Affiliations?

Bicycling, cross country skiing, hiking

American Association of Physics Teachers

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Crown?

I enjoy the chance to really get to know students over the course of several years and to see them grow and mature. I enjoy being able to talk openly about my spiritual journey and to both give and receive encouragement from them.

What differentiates your program from similar offerings at other colleges?

The individual attention and access to professors that is available at Crown. Professors really care about the students and are available to help.

How do you define “Academic Excellence?”

Presenting students with challenges that require them to use all of the resources available to them.

What would your students say about taking your classes?

My classes can be a challenge, but I will do anything I can to help students succeed and to feel the excitement I feel about the subject.

From a career standpoint, what will students be prepared to do with a degree from your program?

They are prepared to continue on in a medical program, go into graduate school in biology, or find an entry level position in a science related industry.

What would you say to parents of prospective students about having their son/daughter at Crown?

Their student will have the opportunity to interact with professors who will inspire them in their field as well as spiritually to grow and to follow after Christ.