Hannah Sharples: Glorifying God Through Science

Hannah Sharples: Glorifying God Through Science

A junior in the Secondary Education program from South Glenn Falls, NY, Hannah Sharples is focused on science. As a Teacher's Assistant in the Science Department, she is able to hone her teaching skills and get great experience at the same time.Ty Woznek

In May 2010, Hannah had a unique opportunity to study in Belize for a week as a student in Field Marine Biology and Ecology.

Her goal is to become a teacher who can make science "cool" for her students and to help them foster a sense of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge.

I absolutely love my job. It is a super fun and educational environment. It is wonderful experience for learning how to teach and how much work actually goes into teaching a class. I love the experience I am gaining and also how much I learn about each of the topics the students are working on.

My roles as a TA in the science department are numerous. They include formatting and grading quizzes, tests, labs, and homework, posting grades online, ordering supplies, keeping inventory, mixing chemical solutions, doing preparation work for labs, and occasionally teaching a lecture or lab if (Assistant Professor) Wright can't. We also go on coffee runs, make thousands of copies, and other tedious tasks that help the science department to function.

I have learned what it takes to be a teacher. It is so much more than knowledge of the subject area. I have learned a lot about organization and curriculum development. One of the biggest things I have had to learn is how to think on my feet. Things don't always go as planned and it is important to know how to handle problems and changes as they come.

Belize was the most amazing trip I have ever been on. I am going to sound like a nerd, but it honestly was too amazing to accurately describe. We had a week on a private island to do marine biology research. It was like no place on earth. I learned more in that class than any lecture or lab I have ever sat through. It was amazing to see the intricacy and stunning beauty of God's creation in the ocean.

"Finding Nemo" will never be the same to me again! During our week in Belize, I learned more than I could have ever imagined. Even if you aren't interested in science at all, this class will make science seem so easy and interesting. Through personal and group observation and discovery, we learned about a plethora of fish and other marine animals. We learned about ecosystems and how species interact with each other and how it impacts the environment. One of the biggest things I learned was to appreciate how amazing God is.

One of my favorite memories is when we saw a huge stingray. We all hung over the boat trying to get a better look. Other memories include being charged by a shark, going on a night dive, holding a seahorse, and overcoming my fear of snakes (mostly). We also had a time of prayer and fellowship on the main dock each morning.

I enjoy science because it shows how everything interacts together to make life function. I am the type of person who likes to know why things work and how they all interact together. It all points to the amazing Creator God we worship. Science not only serves as an explanation for how things work, it also shows how intricate and thorough God's Creation is.

I would love to teach middle school. Students at that age are still at a point where science is somewhat "cool" to them. I want to foster a curiosity and genuine thirst for knowledge at that early age that will last for years to come. I hope to teach Marine Biology in the middle and high school setting.

I want to teach so I can show how interesting science is and how it is relevant to everyone. I have a passion for learning and a passion for glorifying God through gaining knowledge, especially relating to science. I know a lot of people are not interested in science or don't see how it is important. One of my main reasons for teaching is so I can have a positive influence on students' lives, even if it is not academically. I want to show God's love through my actions and methods of teaching.

Contact Information

Learn more about the Secondary Education Science program here.

Contact Peggy Wright for more information about Field Marine Biology and Ecology at .

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Posted on: 10/13/2011 10:03:07 AM

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