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Kathleen McAuley

Middle School Educator

Kathleen McAuley

I still remember when I came to the DNA Learning Center as a middle school student. A field trip to a science center seemed cool, but not anything I thought would highly interest me. Learning about how genetics helped prove what happened to a real life Princess tied together two of my favorite things: Disney and mysteries. Even as I got older, I still remember my trip to the DNALC and the Mystery of Anastasia. This sparked my interest in science through middle and high school, leading to my interest in biology as a career.

After high school, I enrolled in the University of Rhode Island and began studying to be a dentist. Once I started taking research classes I reconsidered my exact future in biology. I still loved science, but research was not something I had an extreme interest in. After returning to my summer job of teaching swimming lessons, I realized how much I missed teaching and switched my major to science education. I graduated after completing a double major in Biology and Secondary Education.

In the past couple years I have enjoyed teaching most in non-traditional classrooms. My experience varies from integrating iPads into classroom curriculum to teaching Lego engineering to students who have a passion for inventing and programming robots. I am a technology nerd and I love to travel, though after living in Australia for 5 months I am looking forward to being at home for a while. Usually I spend my free time reading and watching mystery shows, as well as cheering on my favorite football team – the New York Giants! I am extremely excited to be working at the DNALC and cannot wait to see what the future has in store.

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