Name: Heather weber
Hometown: Center of Winchester, Connecticut.
In the news: Weber recently led a group of students who won seed bookmarks after participating in the state’s Department of Environmental Protection’s “Green Team” education program.
Now you know: Weber worked as a swim instructor and lifeguard alongside his father, who was a pool principal at Renbrook School’s summer adventure camp in Connecticut.
His history : When Heather Weber was in second grade, she wrote herself a letter saying she would one day become a special education teacher. Although life first took her on a different path as a physiotherapist, she eventually found her way as a college science teacher.
Weber ended up following in the footsteps of her parents and sister, who are also teachers, she said.
Weber said that in a way, she still teaches to some extent. Her work as a physiotherapist has enabled her to help people with brain damage.
Weber’s teaching career began around 2007, when she home-schooled a local child for four years before starting substitute education. She became a substitute to have the same schedule as her five school-aged children. She now mainly teaches science and social studies to sixth grade students at Memorial Middle School in Hull.
Weber said her favorite part of being a teacher is working with students.
“I love them,” Weber said. “And I like being able to share knowledge with them.”
Recently, a handful of Weber’s students won awards for their role in a statewide environmental science program called the “Green Team”. The educational program is led by the State Executive Office for Energy and Environmental Affairs and the State Department for Environmental Protection.
The students received bookmarks as prizes, and they took the bookmarks home to plant the seeds in their garden.
Weber said she started working with her school’s green team about four years ago alongside another science teacher and took full responsibility for the team for the year. last. She said she had always had a passion for protecting the environment.
“My kids, when they were young we had a park right next to us and one of their consequences was that I would send them to the park with bags and they had to remove the trash,” Weber said.
She said her family has always cleaned and recycled beaches.
“Over the past five years, I have definitely boosted my motivation to become more and more sustainable,” Weber said.
Ahead of last year’s vacation, Green Team students staged a challenge to collect more than 700 returnable bottles and cans before they went on hiatus in three weeks. The students ended up collecting over 1,000 trade-in bottles and cans and donated the proceeds to Hull Seaside Animal Rescue.
The student group also watched environmental documentaries, talked about recycling as a choice but not a solution, and created art projects to educate other students, Weber said.
One challenge Weber says she enjoys is figuring out how each of her students learns while keeping them engaged. Weber said it was difficult to keep children virtually engaged during the pandemic, and said the science “should be fully active.”
“I find that one of the main parts of teaching is to really get to know your student and to establish a relationship with him, because if he feels safe and comfortable with the classroom and the teacher, then he’s more apt to learn, “Weber said.
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