Q: Did you become the new AP Biology teacher out of a want or necessity?
A: A little bit of both. I stepped up when nobody else would.
Q: Why did you want that position?
A: I love biology. I really do. There’s always more to learn. If somebody has a question that I don’t know the answer to, we will figure it out together.
Q: What don’t you like about this class?
A: The rigor, for both me and the students. It’s just ten times more complex than freshman biology.
Q: What do you like?
A: I like seeing students make those complex connections. I like how it’s more of a conversation between me and the students rather than me just talking at them. They learn as much as I do, as bad as that sounds.
Q: Did you take this class as a student?
A: I didn’t. The way I grew up, like, my family really didn’t value education. Yeah, you had to go to school, but there was no push to do better.
Q: Why not?
A: My dad is first generation American, his mother was from Germany. His upbringing was just surviving, making money, and getting a job. There was no real value for higher education.
Q: What was the value?
A: Honestly, I really don’t know. I’m still trying to figure that out.
By Madeline Tredway, Staff Writer