• NOVA Science Teacher Bio

     Rachel Harris

    I was born and raised Long Island close to the Atlantic Ocean and Great Peconic Bay.  In college, I studied marine biology in my undergraduate program at StonyBrook University.  After completing my Bachelor's degree in marine vertebrate biology, I decided to pursue a career in education and completed my Masters of Science Education specializing in Biology grades 5-12 through Stony Brooks education program.   I then decided to move to Vermont and began my teaching career.  I enjoy swimming, SCUBA Diving, hiking, the outdoors, and being with my family in our new home.

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    Educational Philosophy 

    I believe students learn best when they are in a happy and inclusive environment.  I believe it is very important to have a safe learning environment where they feel comfortable asking questions and being themselves.  I believe students can challenge themselves in their academics while also fully enjoying and engaging in the learning process.  In my class students will learn by doing labs, conducting research, creating presentations, and building models, creating projects, writing essays, making posters, and much more!