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Friday Faces: High School

*UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2014*

It's time for another round of Friday Faces! Meet our 2014-15 returning High School teachers, who were featured in last year's Friday Faces:

Sonja Bair

High School Earth Science Teacher and Advanced Chemistry Teacher

Q: What is your degree in?

A: I have a masters degree in environmental health and a masters degree in industrial hygiene.  My bachelor's degree is in biology.

Q: What was your last job before your SLOCA life?

A: I taught high school science in a public school.  Before that, I worked in chemical safety with the state of Michigan and the University of Michigan.

Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

A: Think, “Is it really morning already?  Can I hit snooze?  Nope, my kids are up and going already.”

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A: For a fancy meal, I love to go to Novo and sit on the deck overlooking the creek.  

Q: What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A: Believe it or not, one of my very favorite books when I was a kid was Mara, Daughter of the Nile, the very same book that the middle schoolers just finished reading.

Q: What is your favorite piece of literature that we've read at SLOCA? 

A: I am a huge and devoted fan of the book Guns, Germs, and Steel; The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond.  This Pulitzer Prize winning book changed my entire perspective on the course of history.  The upper level science students get to enjoy this book with me as part of their course work.

Steve Rein

High School Geometry and Mathematical Thinking Teacher

Q: What is your degree in?

A: I have a Bachelors degree in Economics from UCLA, a Masters degree and a Ph.D. in Statistics from UC Berkeley.

Q: What was your last job before your SLOCA life?

A: I have been a faculty member of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University, and am currently a member of the faculty in the Department of Statistics at Cal Poly, SLO.

Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

A: You don't want to know the answer to that question.

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A: Noi's, Thai food in Baywood Park

Q: What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A: I liked the Dr. Dolittle books by Hugh Lofting.

Q: What is your favorite piece of literature that we've read at SLOCA? 

A:  Julius Caesar

High School teachers featured elsewhere:

Melinda Fragasso

High School Art Teacher

Guy Kinnear

Lower Middle School, Upper Middle School, and High School Art Teacher

Ross Landgreen

Playground Supervisor, High School Chemistry Teacher, 

and Thursday Enrichment Teacher

Nicholas Larson

High School Spanish Teacher, A4/B4 Study Lab Teacher

Tony Taylor

Upper Middle School Math Teacher, High School Trigonometry,

Foundation of Calculus, and Mathematical Thinking Teacher

Sarah Weinschenk

Upper Middle School Latin Teacher (both tracks),

High School Latin Teacher

Thank you teachers! It's a treat to learn a little more about you. 

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