About Teacher App
Degrees and Certifications:
Oceanography, B.S. University of Washington Master in Teaching, Seattle University
My name is Sarah Wiesner and it is my third year teaching at Okanogan Middle School. I'm originally from Seattle, but lived in Omak as an Americrops Volunteer a few years ago and have been planning my return ever since. 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 love that I get to dabble in all sorts of science when working with middle schoolers rather than being forced to choose a favorite.
What do you do for fun?
Mostly, I read science fiction and fantasy novels or watch nature documentaries. One of my favorite book series from middle school is Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small quartet. 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, hiking, and playing games, such as D&D.
Are you married?
Nope, I'm Miss Wiesner
Do you have any pets?
I have two holland lop rabbits named Milo and Theo. They enjoy apples, carrots, and exploring the backyard.