Andrea Meyer

Dr. Andrea Meyer

6th-12th Science Teacher

Andrea Meyer

I was born in Chile. and 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 the 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, but during my senior year in school I changed my mind and decided to become a biochemist. I graduated with a Bachelor in Sciences and a Major in Biochemistry from the University of Concepcion, in my hometown.

During my last years as an undergraduate student I used to tell my friends: "Once I get my undergraduate degree I want to work, I will never return to college". Well, life sometimes proves you wrong, and after one year working as a Research Assistant for a plant biotechnology 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 along with my love for science, I was also passionate about teaching.

 

In the summer of 2008 while camping in the Chilean Patagonia I met my husband, an American kayaker who had been enjoying the Futaleufu river, one of the most famous rivers in the world for whitewater kayaking. After I finished my PhD I moved to the US to get married and start building our family. Our first child is a stray cat named Kochi that I brought with me when I moved from Chile. In 2015 we decided to adopt our amazingly hyperactive dog called Linus at McPaws. Finally, in January of 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, food science, physical science and 6th grade science. I love my job and I love being part of the life of each one of my students.

 

Why do I 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, which are skills that will help them become 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".



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