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With my dog Phoebe in Chicago

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My name is Kate Ottolini, and I am in the undergraduate secondary science education program at William and Mary. I am a biology major, and I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in May 2011. I completed my first semester practicum work with Marjorie Thrash's 6th grade science students at Berkeley Middle School in Williamsburg/James City County. My second semester practicum and student teaching experience took place at New Kent High School with Monica Schnautz's biology students. During my student teaching, I taught two sections of advanced biology and one section of zoology (an elective course). My students are from New Kent County, a rural area between Williamsburg and Richmond. My two advanced biology courses consisted mostly of 10th graders, while my zoology students were 11th and 12th graders.

Growing up, I lived in Wilmette, Illinois with my parents and twin sister. I attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL and ran track and cross country on the high school teams. I ran the Richmond Marathon in November 2009 and 2010. During Summer 2009, I served as an assistant cross country coach for New Trier's summer cross country program. My experiences as a long-distance runner and coach have taught me how truly important persistence and cooperation are in all areas of life. The lessons I have learned as a runner and my experiences therein have given me a tailored skill-set for both teaching and coaching. At this point, I can say with full confidence that I do not back away from challenges and that I work well with others to achieve common goals.

Throughout my time at William and Mary, I have participated in a number of activities that lend themselves well to a biology teaching career. For one, a summer internship at the Chicago Botanic Garden in 2009 gave me the opportunity to conduct my own research under the guidance of an established conservation biologist. This experience greatly enhanced my understanding of scientific investigation and the nature of science in general. The following summer, I received a grant to return to the Chicago Botanic Garden to help instruct a group of inner-city high school students during classroom, lab, and fieldwork activities. I have also conducted research regarding teacher preparation for high need schools, and my final paper has been published by Journal of Virginia Science Education and received an award through the Association of Teacher Educators - Virginia. Overall, these summer experiences have given me a deeper understanding of biology content and a passion for ensuring educational equality. I feel very much prepared to to rise to the challenges of teaching and hope to find a position teaching high school biology in the 2011-2012 school year.

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"A good teacher is like a candle-it consumes itself to light the way for others." - Author Unknown