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Model Teachers: High School Science

Model TeacherModel TeacherName: Gretchen Dewall
Content: AP Environmental & Earth Science 9-12 graders
School: Menchville High
Years Taught: 21

 

What do you most love about teaching?
One of the things that I love most about teaching is my subject.  AP Environmental Science and Earth Science are my favorite topics to discuss.  It is a pleasure to share my passion for these topics with young people.  It is so easy to get students to respond positively and perform at their best when you love what you do!

Why are you passionate about supporting fellow teachers?
After 21 years of teaching in three different schools, I feel like I have a lot to share.  I’ve had the time to experience both successes and failures.  It has been just as productive to learn what doesn’t work well as learning what works best in the classroom!

What is the best way to describe your classroom on a typical day?
Interactive!  Although I believe in a traditional format for direct instruction, every day is filled with labs, projects or group work.  Students seem to learn best by doing experiments and working in groups to solve problems.

 


Model TeacherModel TeacherName: Kymberley Brown
Content: Biology
School: Denbigh High
Years Taught: 7

 

What do you most love about teaching?
Each day is a new day. I enjoy helping my students to find their passion and find a way to go after it. I also love that my students challenge me daily to keep things interesting.

Why are you passionate about supporting fellow teachers?
I feel that strong teachers make strong students and in order to grow as professionals, we need to collaborate and work with others.

What is the best way to describe your classroom on a typical day?
My classroom is very structured and organized with daily routines that my students learn starting on day one. These allow us to transition between activities smoothly while maintaining a safe, inclusive learning environment.

 


Model TeacherName: Scott Cullison
Content: High School Science
School: Woodside High
Years Taught:

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