Lynne Shenk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physical Science
Department: Mathematics & Science
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Wheaton College
Master of Chemical and Life Science, University of Maryland
Doctor of Curriculum and Instruction for Science Education, University of Minnesota
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Chemical Society
Consumer Math; General Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Physics
How Your Program Is Unique Here:
The individual attention and access to professors that is available at Crown. Professors really care about the students and are available to help. In the sciences, we also stress God’s continual involvement in creation. As we learn science, we are simply learning how God created our world to function.
From A Career Standpoint, What Students Will 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.
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 were very difficult. We have learned, and continue to learn, to trust God in all situations.
Favorite Bible Verse and Why:
Philippians 1:6. This 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.
I taught high school chemistry in District 128 in Illinois for 13 years, in District 112 in Minnesota for one year, and at Totino-Grace High School for one year.
What 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.
How You Define “Academic Excellence”:
Presenting students with challenges that require them to use all of the resources available to them.
What Students Say About 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.
What You Would 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.