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Oceanography, B.S. University of Washington Master in Teaching, Seattle University

Sarah Wiesner

Hello Bulldogs!

My name is Sarah Wiesner and it is my sixth year teaching in the Okanogan District, but my first year in the high school - many of you took science from me in 7th and/or 8th grade.  I'm originally from Seattle, but lived in Omak as an Americrops Volunteer for a year and wanted to return.  I have a background in both science and teaching.  A few frequently asked questions are listed below:

 

What work have you done as a scientist?

    I was part of several projects out of the University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs, working with seagrass, scallops, and algae.  I also spent a summer tracking grey whales on the Oregon Coast for a friend's Master's thesis.  Work from that lab can be found at the following website: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/gemmlab/

Why did you stop doing science to be a teacher?

    I love science. However, as I've tried out different kinds of research and volunteering, I've learned that I love telling people about science far more than stressful grant writing and paper-editing that are part of being a research biologist.  I also enjoy watching you grow up.

What do you do for fun?

    Mostly, I read science fiction and fantasy novels or watch nature documentaries.  My current reading adventure is trying to read all the works of Agatha Christie in a year.  A documentary I highly recommend is BBC's Planet Earth 2, which shows some spectacular natural wonders.  Along with these, I spend time knitting, cooking, doing yoga, and playing games, such as D&D.

Do you have any pets?

    I have one holland lop rabbit named Theo.  He enjoys apples, destroying bamboo mats, and occasionally roaming my house or backyard.