By Brianna Hastings
Beth Gagne is a science teacher at Lebanon Middle School. She loves skiing with her family and her dog, Murphy. I asked her 10 questions to get to know her, and now you can meet her, too.
1. How long have you been a science teacher?
I have been a science teacher for about 12 years.
2. Did you always want to be a science teacher?
No, I wanted to be a vet. In my sophomore year of college I decided that I did not want to do that for the rest of my life. Being on call constantly, even over the weekend, was just too stressful.
3. If you had to pick any other career, what would you choose?
I would love to be some form of nutritionist.
4. Why did you want to be a science teacher?
I knew that I did not want to be a scientist, but I still wanted to be in the sciences. Being a science teacher is fun and engaging and I love being able to transfer my excitement of science into my students. Also being able to encourage their love of science.
5. What is your favorite science?
By far my favorite is astronomy, but I wouldn’t want to be in a telescope room staring at a computer screen all day. That just wouldn’t fit my personality.
6. What degrees do you need to be a science teacher?
You need a bachelor’s degree in some form of science and a master’s degree in something related to science. You also need teaching certificate.
7. What schools did you go to?
I went to University of New Hampshire, the Upper Valley Educator’s Institute and Plymouth State University.
8. What is your favorite part of being a science teacher?
My students. I learn something new every day from my students. They keep it fun and engaging.
9. What is your least favorite part about being a science teacher?
All of the stuff that gets in the way of my students education: paperwork, meetings, grading. It all keeps me away from what I want to do and that is teaching science.
10. What would you say to anyone who wants to be a scientist?
Whatever profession of science, it needs to be something you are curious about because that will lead you to ask more questions and keep it interesting. Science takes hard work and patience.
Brianna Hastings is a 8th grader at Lebanon Middle School. She loves skiing with her family and cuddling with her dog, Molly.