Rebecca Strong

“Chanc
e favors a prepared mind.”
— Louis Pasteur

Background Information

Teaching Philosophy I was born and raised in Ohio and received both my B.S. in biology and my M.A.T. in secondary education from Kent State University. I am beginning my 27th year of teaching middle school science in Mount Pleasant schools. I spent the first ten at Laing Middle and moved to Cario when it opened in 1999. I am a National Board Certified Teacher, was Cario Middle’s Teacher of the Year in 2002, and am a current Presidential Awardee Finalist.

Twenty-nine years ago, when I first graduated from college, I considered myself a SCIENCE teacher. My first principal, Mr. Walter Pusey, quickly educated me—you teach CHILDREN, not SCIENCE. It is a lesson that I have never forgotten. I believe that all students are capable of learning, and it is my job to lead them on their journey. Most children come to school interested and excited about science—unfortunately, some kids lose that interest and excitement as they progress through school. I hope to change that. I want all students to grow up able to think critically, able to process information and make decisions based on data, and to understand the world in which they live.

 Units of Study

      1st Quarter: Introduction to Science; Atmosphere and Weather

      2nd Quarter: The Nature of Energy

      3rd Quarter: Plants

      4th Quarter: Animals

 Helpful Hints for Parents:

  • Check your child’s agenda NIGHTLY and sign it. There should be an assignment written in EVERY SPACE. If there is no homework, NONE should be written. Please reinforce this at home. This is an excellent form of communication and shows your child that you are paying attention…J
  • Help your child sort out/organize his/her notebooks weekly. Middle schoolers accumulate papers faster than you can say “messy notebook.”
  • If something doesn’t seem right, check with one of us. We are here for you. We want to make EVERYONE’S adjustment to middle school smooth and problem-free. Your child should have homework. If you aren’t seeing any, check…
  • Middle school is more challenging, in every way, than elementary school. But we are here to help your child meet those challenges. Trust us—work with us, and together, your child will grow and flourishJ
  • If your child has difficulty with notes or loses papers, check the “class notes and handouts” page for copies of notes and information on lessons.