Gina Westrich

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BA in Biology University of South Florida 1987 Masters in Teaching Western Washington University 2014

Gina Westrich

Teaching is a relatively new profession for me.  I have been a science educator for 5 years, three of which have been at ACES High School.  For the first 15 years after college, I worked in the biotechnology industry doing basic research helping to discover potential therapeutic targets for disease states.  While working in the laboratory, I was at the forefront of learning molecular biological techniques that revolutionized the research field. I loved the constant learning that went with this job and genuinely loved being a scientist.  About 10 years ago, I had the opportunity to teach a biotechnology class at Spring Street International High School in Friday Harbor Washington. Soon after I realized I wanted to become a science educator.  Because of my own personal experience, I was committed to encouraging all students, but especially young women, to be excited about science, to know they can ''do'' science, and to realize that science is everywhere in their lives. In my classroom we are studying scientific principles through current and real world phenomenon. 

What I really like about teaching at ACES are the small class sizes and the small staff.  This unique combination allows teachers to build the foundational relationships necessary to make a difference in the lives of our learners.