Q. How did you know you wanted to become a science teacher?
A. I always liked playing teacher when I was a child, so writing on the blackboard and teaching to the dolls and stuffed animals was alwyas a lot of fun. In science, I used to think I wanted to be a doctor or a nurse. So I always liked science in school and in college. I used to take a lot of science classes in college as electives. When going into nursing, I didn't want to be a nurse as much as I wanted to teach nursing, so I always wanted to have something in the field of science and something in the teaching field. When I gog to college I decided that teaching was what I really enjoyed the most, so I went into science teaching. I liked the older kids (middle school and up) because they are really fun in science.
Q.How long did you have to go to school to become a science teacher?
A. I went to get my Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in 4 years, my master's degree in curriculum and instruction with a minor in middle school science (2 more years), and I'm now working on my national board certification in early adolescent science.
Q. What is your favorite part of being a science teacher?
A. I enjoy working with kids and their joy of working with science, (doing labs, etc.) By the time they reach eighth grade they seem not to find school fun anymore. By doing things like labs, they find school fun again. And discovering with labs seems to give kids a feeling of accomplishment, because they are discovering answers on their own.
Q. What is your least favorite part of being a science teacher?
A. Lab clean up or lab setup is a lot of trouble, but it's worth it. It takes a lot of extra work sometimes, but it's what makes it fun.
Q. What kind of person makes a good science teacher?
A. A person who likes to learn and a person who a lot of times likes nature and has a curiosity about nature and how things work. A good science teacher is also a person who liked to ask questions when they were younger, like: why things happen; why things are the way they are.