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Pauline McGlone

Middle School Educator

It was during middle school that I realized I wanted to be a “science geek.” The instant I spotted the DNA models the SEARCH (gifted and talented) students brought from their trip to the DNA Learning Center, I caught the science bug. It was that minute I knew—I love science, and I was determined to be part of the place that generated those intriguing DNA models. I thought to myself, if I can’t go on field trips to the DNALC as a SEARCH student, I’m going to work there. I applied for an internship at the end of my junior year of high school, but I didn't hear back until that summer. It felt like an eternity, but when they told me I could start in the fall of my senior year, I felt like I had won the lottery. This was just the beginning of my science-loving career.

As a DNALC intern, I was challenged and definitely put out of my comfort zone. As daunting as it was to me at the time, I embraced the unique learning experience, and overcame a lot of my fears. Prepping the labs at the DNALC also guided me through my college biology courses and the required labs.

Thankfully, I was lucky enough to return to the DNALC as a college intern after my first year of college—one of my aspirations since beginning my internship there. After 5 years in the program, I applied to an open full time teaching position. I was ecstatic to be offered the position and to learn that I would now be teaching the labs I had been prepping for all these years—especially those DNA models that sparked my true love for science!   

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