Former veterinary technician turned into a chemistry teacher at New Hartford.
Former veterinary technician turned into a chemistry teacher at New Hartford
Education: She graduated from Whitesboro High School. Then she went to SUNY Delhi and Cornell University for a bachelor’s degree in animal science and to become a veterinary technician.
Family: She has a husband, Michael. Most of her family is from the Utica area and Poland, N.Y.
The job: She is starting her first year teaching 10th- and 11th-grade chemistry classes at New Hartford Senior High School. She worked for three years as a teacher for the West Canada Valley Central School District.
“I’m very excited to be at New Hartford. The school has a lot of prestige and they have a lot to offer the students and teachers. It’s closer to home for me,” she said. “I know it sounds cheesy, but I’m really excited to be there. It’s exciting and new.”
Notable: Prior to her teaching career, she was a veterinary technician at the Tully Animal Clinic and the Burrstone Road Animal Hospital. During her time attending Cornell University, she started substitute teaching.
“And, I just fell in love with the kids,” she said. “It was kind of an aha! moment. I fell in love with it. It was something that I can see myself doing every day.”
Full house: There’s a special place in her heart for her six pets.
She has two dogs; a 70-pound black Labrador Retriever named Rocky and a 7-pound papillion named Rufus. She also has a chinchilla named Minkus and three cats; Ernie, Oscar and Thomas. She and her husband recently adopted Thomas from the animal shelter.
“So I have a full house,” she said. “I just love them. When people ask me if I have kids, I say, ‘Well, I have boys, but they’re all furry.’”
Favorites: She likes hiking, camping, cardio kickboxing and hearing from former students.
It made her happy to hear from one of her former chemistry students from West Canada Valley High School recently.
“She’s now going to college and she said she uses her notes from class. When students are doing well, it means a lot to know you had a hand in facilitating that.”