Featured Teacher, February 2017

Dani Bainsmith, Salt Lake City, UT

Danielle Bainsmith is a 7th grade teacher at Northwest Middle School, and even though this is the first year BioEYES has been in her classroom, her enthusiasm for science and education is contagious. This enthusiasm quickly spreads to her students, for whom she works hard to make sure their experience with BioEYES is amazing. We are lucky to have Danielle onboard with BioEYES and look forward to many years with her.

How long have you been a teacher?

Four years.

What are one or two previous positions you held?

Soccer Coach and Expert Barista.

What made you want to become a teacher?

I’ve always enjoyed being in a mentor/coach/teacher role, and I always found science fascinating. It explained all of the wonderful phenomena we observe in our world. I wanted to bring that awe and curiosity to students.

How did you find out about BioEYES?

The previous SLCSD science coach invited Judith out to our department meeting for a demo. It seemed like a rich, well organized program and I was sold immediately!

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

Students get to be true scientists and explore the abstract concepts of genetics in a concrete way. They come away from the experience with a real sense of accomplishment and seem to really feel the authenticity of working with living organisms.

When not teaching, what are some of your hobbies?

I love anything soccer, mountain biking, backpacking, or snuggling with my dog.

When getting away, where do you like to go?

My husband and I often seek out the solitude of the beautiful desert in Southern Utah for escape and adventure.

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

During my undergraduate degree at the University of Utah, I ran experiments on alligators (yes, in Utah). At one point I was working out a temperature study with about 75 newly hatched alligators. Number 123 became a favorite, and I took selfies with her before selfies were really a thing. One day she grew up enough to take a little nibble of my finger. Now I often kick off a school year with a short game of Two Truths and a Lie. Saying that "I've been bitten by an alligator" nearly always stumps the students.

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