It is my goal to teach with the same power to motivate and inspire that many of my best teachers have shown.”
London Jenks has always had a love of learning. While attending Brigham Young University-Idaho he worked as a teaching assistant in astronomy and introductory physics courses. As outreach president of BYU-Idaho’s Society of Physics Students, he presented physics demonstrations to elementary and secondary students and organized outreach and recruitment activities. These experiences helped London develop skills and strategies for understanding student concerns. “Some of the greatest lessons I have learned about being an educator have come through experiences and not necessarily through classroom instruction.”
For two years, London worked with the BYU-Idaho Research in Science Education group to conduct original physics education research “on what has the greatest influences on learning in introductory physics classrooms.” He also helped develop the Introductory Physics Interactivity Survey, a series of studies relating instructor teaching methods to student gains, and had the chance to present his research results at the national, regional and section meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society. London is the recipient of the Society of Physics Students Marsh W. White award. Given to BYU-Idaho’s local chapter by the society’s national office, this prestigious award was the result of his efforts as president of the physics outreach program. He enjoys designing and building furniture and physics toys and is interested in amateur cinematography.