Eryn Fordney

Eryn Fordney

High School Science Teacher


David Douglas High School

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Both of my parents were teachers.
I enjoyed hearing their stories and watching them build lessons.
I then had a great Environmental Science teacher in high school and he opened my eyes to science.
When I headed off to college I enrolled in as many different science classes as I could.
I found out that I really enjoyed sharing my science knowledge with friends.
So, I decided why not have a job that allows me to share my knowledge.
And figured, hey, why not be a science teacher...?

Education

High School
Bachelor
University of Oregon
Graduate
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
University of Oregon

Career

High School Science Teacher

I am a high school science teacher.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Education
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I actually don't have a typical day. I work with teenagers after all! Most people see the "on stage" work a teacher does, but it's the "behind the scenes" work that most don't understand and that takes the most time. I am regularly checking science websites for new and exciting articles that relate to class topics. I find bookwork boring. I am also sure to watch TV for any shows or clips (The Daily Show is great for clips) that I can use to introduce new ideas or make topics more life-like.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Any volunteer work that forces you to be in charge of as many kids as possible at one time. Class sizes are big and are going to get better. Looking out at 40 teenagers can be a bit daunting so you better have some major practice in multi-tasking.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Realize you're not going to save the world but you might get a few kids each year to turn their life in a better direction.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
As many sciences as possible.
graduate
Graduate
One that allows you to student teach A LOT!

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Friends:

""You should be something better than a teacher because you're too intelligent to be just a teacher.""