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Instructor Spotlight: Alice Burns

For this month's issue of The Slice, we talked to LPIE Science Instructor Alice Burns.

1. What do you do for LPIE and how long have you been doing it?

I'm on my fourth year as a LPIE Science Instructor for TK through 8th grade.

2.Tell us about your background and experience in this area.

My education includes a MS in Biology and a teaching credential. I taught high school Biology and Physical Science until my daughters came along, then became a preschool teacher. I followed them into elementary school and taught art and was a substitute teacher. I took a detour into a cupcake shop for five years and am now again teaching with LPIE.

3. What is your favorite thing about working with the age group you teach?

Being involved with students as they discover the world of science is a fantastic experience. The enthusiasm, curiosity and perspective students share is probably the best part of teaching.

4. What is the most surprising thing you’ve found about teaching with LPIE?

The camaraderie with my fellow LPIE instructors and with the staff at each school has been a surprising and wonderful gift in my life.

5. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy being outdoors with my family and dogs. We are in the process of turning our yard into a native plant habitat so there is lots of gardening going on. Creating cards/stationary and letter writing is one of my favorite activities that I wish I did more often. I have a part time job at an independent bookstore, so I do lots of reading. And I'm always in search of heart-shaped rocks.

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