Indiana University (Biology)
Hello, My name is Cara and I am an IU alumna with a degree in Biology. At IU I completed the Core Biology program, which was the honors program. I also had a concentration in Psychology. At first I thought I would direct my love of Biology into research. However, a year and a half of undergraduate research taught me that I loved learning Biology and explaining Biology, but didn't like lab work. It was time to go another direction, so after graduation I decided to do the most opposite thing I could think of and took the necessary courses to sell real estate. That used a completely different skill set and was a fun change.
In 1993 I had my first child and decided to be a stay-at-home mom, which I did until 2004 when my youngest entered pre-school. During that time, I volunteered in my children's classrooms. I helped children K-5 with reading and math. When my youngest entered pre-school I decided it was time to explore new ground, and I was looking for a new place to channel my love of teaching. Joining the staff of our church's pre-school provided me with an opportunity to teach, yet be on the same schedule as MCCSC. I have now worked there since, and it has been a wonderful, creative experience. I love finding multiple fun ways to teach concepts, and try to infect all my students with my passion for learning. After, being at the pre-school for several years I developed a science curriculum.
Many people might shy away from the idea of teaching pre-school children science, but they absolutely love it. I break topics like ecosystems, chemistry, simple machines, geology, and biology down to their level, and we do thrilling hands on experiments to illustrate many of the topics. One of the biggest complaints we hear from our alumni is that they were disappointed to find out that there wasn't science every week in kindergarten!
As you can imagine, if I can teach everything from chemistry concepts to scissor skills, naming numbers to basic addition and subtraction, printing a child's name to reading, to 3-5 year olds, I am a very patient person. If one method isn't working I enjoy the challenge of finding another that will.
I have also worked with my own children as they went through MCCSC. They are doing very well, with the oldest two in college and the younger two in National and Junior National Honor Society. I am very familiar with MCCSC, especially Rogers-Binford, Tri-North, and North. Having been all the way through as a mom and still part of the system, I understand not just what the expectations are for one class, but also what lies ahead in coming years. Hello, My name is Cara and I am an IU alumna with a degree in Biology. At IU I completed the Core Biology program, which was the honors program. I also had a concentration in Psychology. At first I thought I would direct my love of Biology into research. However, a year and a half of undergraduate research taught me that I loved learning Biology
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