“I really learned to love chemistry once I was teaching it.”
Ruth Woodall, director of Tennessee Scholars at the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Nashville, Tennessee, talks about the rewards of teaching in the 21st century and the importance of encouraging the next generation of chemists.
Before joining the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Woodall guided students to study chemistry in Russia and Siberia, and marine biology and zoology in New Zealand and Australia. Woodall also has experience in public relations with the American Chemical Society.
In 1977 Woodall received a degree in chemistry from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She earned a master’s degree in 1984 from the University of Memphis, where she studied science education and curriculum design. She also holds certifications in volunteer management and fund development.
Currently, Ruth Woodall serves on numerous local, state, and national educational and nonprofit boards of directors. As a public speaker for education and an active volunteer for the American Chemical Society, she devotes much of her time to advocating for STEM education.