Grade(s): Middle School
Welcome to Mrs. Dreyer’s Science Class. Allow me to share a bit of information about myself. This will be my 11th year teaching science, ten of which have been here in the eighth grade at Seneca. I’ve wanted to be a teacher since the fifth grade, and I’m truly blessed to be able to “work” at what I love to do. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Michigan where I majored in Mathematics and minored in Science. Later, I earned my Masters of Science Education from Lawrence Technological University. Most recently, I earned a Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. I love to be a student, almost as much as I love to be a teacher! I am happily married to junior high science teacher. The joy of my life is my two little boys, John,6 and Patrick, 4. Now that both of my boys are up and about, my favorite hobby is geocaching – my boys can’t get enough of the outside, and I love a good puzzle. If I have to stay in, I love to play my piano and sing. I was part of a Beatles Tribute Band with my dad and my sister (although being a parent has made it nearly impossible to perform together recently). Traveling is a passion of mine, as my classroom collection of magnets will show. A cruise to the Caribbean is hands-down my favorite. I love Starbucks, my guilty pleasure is brownies, and the cookie jar is always full of Oreos. We have one dog, Timber, a goldendoodle. She’ll be a two years old in December. She’s a big, slobbery mess of fur, and we love her. That’s a bit about me. Welcome to our classroom – it’s going to be a great year!
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.