Andrea Meyer, Science Teacher

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I was born in Chile in a city called Concepcion that is on the coast of my country. I had the privilege of being raised by parents who love nature. Every summer, we spent countless hours camping, hiking and visiting new places while my father and mother talked about the history, and facts related to the flora and fauna that we observed during our walks. That's how I discovered my love for nature, and at an early age I decided that I wanted to study biology to learn more about my passion. During my senior year in school I changed my mind and decided to become a biochemist, that is how I graduated with a Bachelor in Sciences with a Major in Biochemistry from the University of Concepcion, in my hometown.

During my last years as an undergraduate student I said loud and clear to all my friends: "Once I finish my undergraduate classes I want to work, I will never return to college". Well, life sometimes shows you that everything changes, and after 1 year of working as a Research Assistant for a plant technology company I realized that I missed studying and learning new things and decided to pursue a doctoral degree. I obtained the degree of Doctor in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2012. As a graduate student, it is required to comply with teaching hours for undergraduate students. It was here that I discovered that I not only loved science, but also that I was passionate about transferring the knowledge and beauty of this area to other people.

 

During the summer of 2008 I decided to spend my vacations in the austral chilean Patagonia and it was here where fate took me to meet my husband, an American kayaker who had been enjoying the Futaleufu river, one of the most famous rivers in the world for the practice of whitewater kayak. After spending some incredible time in one of the most amazing places on Earth, we decided to continue our relationship online for 4 years, and after finishing my PhD I moved to the US to get married and start building our family. Our first member is a stray cat named Kochi that I brought with me when I moved from Chile (poor cat, he survived 27 hours of travel between 4 different flights and 2 hours of driving). In 2015 we decided to adopt our amazingly hyperactive dog called Linus at McPaws. Finally, in January of the year 2018 we received our greatest blessing, our daughter Lorena who came to complete and melt our hearts.

 

I started working as a science teacher at Cascade in 2015 and since then I have taught life science, chemistry, biology, earth and space science, and food science. I love my job and I love being part of the life of each one of my students.

 

Why does Dr. Meyer teach?

I like to teach because it gives me the possibility to spark the light of curiosity and learning in young minds. I enjoy when I see that my students question and analyze problems and look for solutions to these. These are skills that will help them to be a better version of themselves. Teaching also keeps me intellectually active, and allows me to continue learning, a challenge that I always accept with excitement. As I always tell my students "The questions I enjoy the most are those for which I do not have an immediate answer, because that leads me to learn new things about nature and the science behind it".