Mary ShalabyExpedition Fellow: Water By Design
I have been teaching Science since 1998. I knew I wanted to become a teacher in college when I started teaching swim classes. Since that time, I have taught sixth, seventh, and eight grade Math and Science. I have a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a supplement in Biology and Masters of Science degree in School Psychology. Currently, I am teaching in Lawndale, at Will Rogers Middle School, where I have been for the past fifteen years.
During her time with the Lawndale Elementary School District, I have been involved in many extracurricular and coaching activities. I have coached the Robotics Team, which competes in the First LEGO League competitions. I am also currently a head coach for the Science Olympiad Team, which consists of fifteen students competing in 23 different events. For the past twelve years, I have coordinated the College Prep Academy program (formerly known as AVID- Advancement Via Individual Determination) at Rogers. Students in this program learn about careers and colleges and the benefits of attending college. My favorite thing about running this program is that I inspire students to reach for their goals and I help them realize that college is within their reach with a little help and support.
I really enjoy teaching Science. I have a great staff that I work with at Rogers and the Science Department is amazing. For example, last year, our students had an opportunity to work with Northrop Grumman to build hands using a 3-D printer that can later be used for someone who might need one. I am ready and excited to start this next adventure in my life as I work with the EarthEcho Expeditions Team.