Graduate Profile: Katie Wibby
Everybody loves a good explosion, and Katie Wibby ’01 graduated from Alma College with quite the bang.
“Having a chemistry degree was important because it made sure that I fully understood the chemistry that I would be teaching,” she says. “My upper-level classes helped me to understand the theory behind the elementary chemistry concepts.”
Since graduation, Wibby hasn’t put her safety glasses away. She has been an instructor at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen since 2002. In 2006, she completed her master’s degree in educational technology.
“When I talk to my students about college, I always talk about my experiences at Alma because I feel like it was such a great fit for me,” she says. “Overall, Alma gave me a broad background in many fields, and I have always been thankful for my college experience.”
Recently, Wibby coordinated a “Dr. Atomic Opera Project,” in which she taught music and chemistry students about the political, scientific and artistic events influenced by the development of the atomic bomb.
“The first year was a wonderful opportunity to work with other teachers in creating an interdisciplinary unit,” she says. “The overall project was much more interesting than what we had originally envisioned and changed the students’ thinking about scientific ethics. It helps me stress why scientific literacy is so important to everyone.”