Featured Teacher, February 2018

Alicia Devane, Philadelphia, PA

How long have you been a teacher?

I have been teaching for over 10 years in informal science education. I have been a formal science teacher for the last 2 years with the school district.

What are one or two previous positions you held?

During my informal education years I was a conservation educator for the Philadelphia Zoo. My job was to train and use the animal ambassadors for educational programming.

What made you want to become a teacher?

I wanted to become a teacher because I always felt that learning does not have to be boring. I LOVE science! Science can be used to teach so many other subjects in an new and interesting way.

How did you find out about BioEYES?

I received an email from a BioEYES educator asking me if I was interested in the program.

What is your favorite part about bringing BioEYES to your classroom?

Seeing the genuine, child-like curiosity arise back into my 8th graders as they went through each lesson was amazing. It is not very often that I see them put so much effort or care into something other than their personal life. They were engaged and passionate about their embryos and taking care of them.

When not teaching, what are some of your hobbies?

I enjoy spending time with my family as we take care of our 10 animals (2 dogs, 2 cats, leopard gecko, Chilean rose hair tarantula, red eye tree frog, ball python, and veiled chameleon), visiting museums/zoos/aquariums, sleeping and planning for my next great science unit.

When getting away, where do you like to go?

I love to go to South America! Or anywhere with a warm beach or humid jungle.

Do you have any class pets?

We have three classroom animal ambassadors. A ball python named Apollo Stevenson, a leopard gecko named Leonardo Rango Charizard, and a Chilean Rose Hair tarantula named Carlos Cornelius George.

What is one thing most members of the education community don't know about you?

I grew up an Air Force brat raised by a single father. I want to give my students a little of what I learned living in so many different places.

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