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The Reflection

Beth Rhodes discusses the ‘science’ in teaching

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A photo of Beth Rhodes. By Austin Miller.

A photo of Mrs. Rhodes at work. Photo by Austin Miller.

A photo of the backroom to Mrs. Rhodes’ room. Photo courtesy of Austin Miller.

Mrs. Rhodes’ collection of plants. Photo by Austin Miller.

Beth Rhodes graduated from the Gull Lake district, and she is happy that all three of her children are attending the school  as well.

Beth Rhodes is a science teacher at Gull Lake High School, teaching Biology to all grade levels, AP Biology to all grade levels, and Anatomy & Physiology to juniors. She has been with the Gull Lake Community Schools district as a teacher for 31 years, having previously been a teacher of chemistry at Hackett Catholic Prep High School for a singular year.

“I guess I’ve always really liked science. When I was in high school, I didn’t know how many [biology or anatomy related] careers where out there, you had to be a doctor or a nurse,” she said. “I did not really know what I want to do, but I knew I didn’t want to do those. My original degree was in medical technology, which are the people in hospitals and other medical locations who do all of the lab work and testing on patients. I have never worked in a hospital, that was upscale back then, but I did work inside of a microbiology lab for a while, and while microbiology fascinates me, disease stuff fascinates me, and the medicines, that stuff is really fascinating to me, it was the same test tubes everyday, which got boring after awhile. Teaching is much more interesting of a career.”

She continued by saying that she loves people, and that was one of the things that lead her to being a teacher. She states that every couple of years, the science division here at Gull Lake High School decide to add a new class for her, and recently there have been talks of adding a forensics class.

“Most people think of stuff like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” she said, “but it is a lot more than just criminal investigations kind of stuff. It has to do with using DNA and chemical reactions and cells to either who some unknown person is, or to look at where someone has been, or even to give someone access to use your thumbprint to open your phone or cash register. It’s kind of like a science of biological tracking; how and where the body’s been somewhere or done something, or who someone is.”

She said she never had a student throw up during a dissection, as most do know what they are getting into in this class. Furthering this statement, she says the dissections used to happen in biology, but most of the students who took that class were squeamish, so the science committee at Gull Lake High School moved it to Anatomy so that students who want to dissect can dissect.

While the students who don’t like dissection won’t have to, she said often times students who think they will dislike the dissections actually find they like it, while students who get excited for the dissections are the ones to get grossed out.

In Anatomy, students dissect a frog, a rat, owl excrement and a sheep’s heart, eyes and brain. All of the cadavers are obtained by farms where the animals live comfortably until they die, where their bodies are drained and cleaned, then shipped off to schools.



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