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Koby Osei-Mensah

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Science
Faculty member since 2011
B.A. Middlebury
MSc in Chemistry at the University of Saint Joseph

What drew you to Loomis?

When I first visited campus, I noticed how beautiful it is, and the great location – we are close to New York City, Hartford, Boston, etc. I also noticed the close student/teacher interaction and the strong sense of community at Loomis Chaffee – everyone is committed to watching you succeed and grow and they really care here about your professional development – I really value the opportunity to grow and develop my skills.

What motivated you to become a science teacher?

I have always been fascinated by how things work and why they are the way they are. I remember when I was younger, I used to grab my siblings or friends and I’d put together study groups and in these, I did a lot of tutoring. I realized that I really like helping people to succeed. I think that teaching science is an amalgamation of my interest in helping others and of my passion, science. It’s great as a teacher to be able to show my students the mystery and beauty in chemistry.

What is your favorite material to teach and why?

I love teaching stoichiometry and chemical reactions, which are both central to chemistry. All of chemistry is centered on different reactions – it’s fun to explore and predict what products you need to use to cause a reaction and how much of each one. This subject matter causes students to ask how we can improve our methods to syndicate molecules more effectively and also teaches them life-long skills such as problem solving and critical analysis. It also helps students to understand that learning is a lifelong process and it never stops at any point.

Do you think that Loomis Chaffee lends itself to a global education?

Given my background of traveling from Ghana where I was born and raised, to the UK when I attended an international boarding school and spent a year abroad in Germany and traveling, to coming to the US and going to college in Vermont, I think I’ve gained a lot of different perspectives about the world, but Loomis still allows me to see things differently. When I teach, I strive to use examples that have a global application so the students are able to make global connections. It’s always interesting to show students that what we do here at Loomis can have practical application elsewhere, say, in China.