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Tessa Thistlethwaite
Dalton High science teacher

1. What do you love about working at Dalton Local Schools.
One of the best things about working at DLS is my colleagues. At any point, I am able to confer and collaborate with my colleagues, and learn from our dedicated staff. Throughout my Forensics Science curriculum, Officer Riley lends his expertise from evidence collection to crime scene documentation. Not only does the STEM department support one another, but I was also able to create a cross-curricular end of year activity with Mr. Doty. The mock trial produced last year was able to happen due to the amazing support and dedication from Mr. Doty and Officer Riley. Activities such as these only occur when coworkers and students support one another, and support the space needed to be creative in your teaching. It is our goal in our department for students to experience science, and to do science. These experiences can only happen with supportive students and staff.

2. How did you get to where you are today?
I approached education as an opportunity to challenge myself. When earning my B.S. in Biology/Chemistry and Akron University, I enrolled in pre-med courses. Once my bachelors was earned I continued on to earn a M.A. in Education at Kent State University.
Throughout my life there have been many influential people, from the inspiring piano instructor, to the challenging Bio I professor, and demanding Animal Physiology professor. However, the most influential person in my life has been my mother. Her formidable life story has inspired me to approach every difficulty as a challenge and opportunity.

3. Tell us one interesting little fact about yourself that people would be surprised to hear.
After high school, at 17, I backpacked across Ireland on my own. I met some amazing people on my travels, and learned some great music.

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