7th Grade Center – Kate Heare, Virtual Science
Science teacher Kate Heare has been named the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year for Seventh Grade.
“I have always loved learning. I have always loved school,” Heare said. “I remember my seventh grade science teacher making up little rhymes to help us remember our body systems and how they work. His love of science and his sense of humor as he taught was contagious. From that year on, science was my jam! In college I took every science class available. I only struggled with botany – I have a natural black thumb! Even though it wasn’t my favorite subject, my professor loved plants and that grew my excitement for the subject. I hope that I can help kids LOVE science - love to learn. I hope that my love of learning is contagious. A teacher’s passion for the subject can make or break a student’s experience in a class.”
This year, Heare finds herself teaching differently.
“I am teaching virtually this year, so it is extremely different,” Heare said. “I miss faces, chats, and science demos in class. I hold Zooms where we always start with a game. I love to learn through games and to grow relationships through play. I use emails and Zooms to add a bit of what I would do with a student on a regular day. I add little phrases (“you got this”, “you can do hard things”) to emails to encourage them. Virtually learning is quite a challenge. I am learning a new way to interact through a laptop.”
Heare has been teaching at Union since 2013.
“I stayed home to be with my kids for 10 years after I graduated college in 2003, so it was my first teaching job. It has been a great seven years of learning to teach science to a wonderful and weird age group,” she said,
Heare has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Augusta State University in Augusta, Ga.