Grade(s): Middle School
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.
Hello my name is Beth Sweeney and this is my 6th year teaching 7th grade math at Brewer Middle School. I graduated from the University of Texas in Austin December of 2006 with a BBA in Marketing and a Minor in Advertising. TEXAS FIGHT!!! Upon graduation I decided that it was best for me to pursue my passion and follow my heart. This led me to teaching children. I received my alternate certification through ECAP and am certified to teacher Math, Science, Social Studies, and English in grades 4 -8. In August of 2011, I graduated with my Masters in Guidance & Counseling from Angelo State University. I have a wonderful husband named David. And a 6 year old step-daughter named Ava and a 1 year old named Piper. I also have a two year old silver lab named Gunner. I am so fortunate to also be the student council sponsor. This is such a wonderful group of students on campus. It is very rewarding to see the leaders of our campus grow and mature into our future leaders. Every member completes AT LEAST 12 hours of community or school service every six weeks. Our motto is "Leading by Serving" because I feel as though it is so important to teach kids at an early age the importance of giving back to others. Although the rewards are not always visual... the most meaningful ones are felt in the heart! I am really looking forward to getting to know all of my students. I love teaching math and do my best to make it FUN!! I know we are going to have a great year!!