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Faculty Spotlight: Talking Science with Tom Keenan

Meet Tom Keenan, Head of the Math & Science Department at Walnut Hill. He's sporting a school sweatshirt here as a nod to his upcoming challenge: running the 2018 Boston Marathon to raise money for an organization close to his heart, the Natick Service Council.

Meet Tom Keenan, Head of the Math & Science Department at Walnut Hill. He's a 25-year veteran science teacher, mentor, and coach, with an M.S.Ed. in science education from Queens College and a B.A. in psychology from Cornell University. Tom explains the philosophy of the department at Walnut Hill: "Whether Physics or Anatomy, Chemistry or Biology, there are certain core habits of mind that are emphasized in all science classes at Walnut Hill. Though predicting the path of a projectile launched out of a Stomp Rocket and dissecting a fetal pig are clearly very different activities, they both require students to make close and careful observations and draw conclusions only after they have gathered specific evidence. To use anatomy metaphors, the content of a science class is only 'skin deep.'  The 'heart' of a Walnut Hill science class is the essential skills needed to critically evaluate claims based on quality evidence."

Mr. Keenan also serves the 10th-grade class as their enthusiastic Dean, overseeing the advisory program and leading class meetings with aplomb. He's sporting a school sweatshirt here as a nod to his upcoming challenge: running the 2018 Boston Marathon to raise money for an organization close to his heart, the Natick Service Council.

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