Kara Becker, Henderson Community College’s chemistry instructor, is a 1994 graduate of HCC. Following her time at HCC, she transferred to Western Kentucky University, where she received her B.S. in Recombinant Genetics and Chemistry. She received her MA in Education with an emphasis in Chemistry from Western Kentucky University in 2001.
Her passion for chemistry began with her first hands-on lab in Ann McCroskey's 9th grade Introduction to Chemistry and Physics course at Henderson County North Jr. High School. That passion resurfaced in professor Mary Carver’s class at HCC. According to Kara, Ms. Carver’s relaxed manner and her enthusiasm made the class enjoyable (and it didn’t hurt that she did really cool experiments).
Kara loves helping students understand concepts and getting them excited about learning. Kara enjoyed teaching stints at Henderson County North Middle School, Mater Dei High School, and Henderson County High School, and also served at the University of Southern Indiana as the director of the Southwest IN Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Resource Center. She returned to the college as an instructor in the Spring 2011.
For her, being at HCC is like being at home. Her goal at HCC is to grow the department so that students can transfer from HCC with enough chemistry credits to be on track with their peers at a 4-year institution. She would also like to see students get more involved in campus life at HCC. She believes that students who get involved learn and stay to finish goals.