Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Bauer

Alaina Galasso, Opinions Editor

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An interview with chemistry and biology teacher Mrs. Bauer…

Q: What is a little bit about your life outside of school?

A: I have two children (a 3 month old and a 4 year old) and so much of my outside life revolves around them so lots of taekwondo, playgrounds, kid’s crafts and time outdoors. When I get some time to myself I still have an appreciation for live music, Mexican food and anything involving water from pools to lakes.

Q: What made you want to teach chemistry and biology?

A: I majored in biology and minored in chemistry in college. I have always loved biology and used to watch nature shows and NOVA constantly. I wanted to grow up and be a horse but that apparently didn’t work out for me. Chemistry and I did not get along at first but we grew into a mutual love. When I started college my chemistry background was lacking so I struggled. My goal is to make my students ready for college chemistry they don’t start out hating it like I did because it’s such an awesome and amazing subject.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a teacher at Vandegrift?

A: My students! They make me laugh on a daily basis, challenge me as a person and I can’t wait to see what spectacular things they do for our future.

Q: What is your classroom environment like?

A: Very laid back and casual. Someone in our classroom may be a future congressman; someone else may end up curing cancer. I want it to be a place where we have mutual respect and talk to each other as equals and colleagues.

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