New on Campus: Courtney Edwards, Science Teacher, Lower School

New on Campus: Courtney Edwards, Science Teacher, Lower School

What would students be surprised to find out about you?

I hated science when I was younger. As a science teacher its hard to believe, but I struggled to learn the concepts. It wasn’t until I got to college and took biology that I developed a love for the subject. Now my son and I try to do as many science projects as we can, visit science museums around the country and look for science festivals curated just for children to encourage science exploration.


What is your favorite book, movie, and band/performer?

My favorite book is "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne. My favorite movies are The Harry Potter Series. I can’t just pick one! My favorite performer is Jay-Z.

 

What constitutes a “good day” at school for you?

A good day for me is when all my students are present and excited about completing a project or lab for a particular unit. I love to see my students working collaboratively, discussing how to accomplish a task or make something better. Seeing their minds at work helps me to envision the future and the impact they will have on the world!


How did your own school experience influence your teaching career?

I loved school! I have so many good memories and experiences from my K-12 educational journey. I had amazing teachers who allowed me to ask questions, dig deeper and discover who I was as a learner and as a person. I always have this in the forefront of my mind when interacting with my students. I remind myself daily that I am helping to shape my students' view of what it means to be a student and because I want them to be lifelong learners, I make it my job to help them be optimistic, enthusiastic and excited about learning.

 

What is the single most important thing you hope to impart to your students?

I hope to impart to my students that they can do whatever they put their minds to. I encourage them to believe in themselves and speak about themselves and others in the best way possible, so that they will more often than not, actualize the results and goals they are pursuing. With every science lab, homework assignment and quiz/test given, I try to offer a life lesson that will help them succeed in that moment and provide a “thought nugget” that will carry them through life.