STAFF & FACULTY DIRECTORY PROFILE

Lauren Kruger

Job Title:

Science Teacher

Department:

Science

Email:

Phone: (510) 577-9100

ext. 

287

Started at O'Dowd:

2022

Degrees: 

BS Zoology, Humboldt State University
MA Teaching Secondary Education, Oregon State University-Cascades

Originally from:

Bend, Oregon

Why I Teach:

I teach because I truly care about the future of our world, and would like to pass on my expertise in the field of Science to young people. To inspire and lead the next generation of community members towards becoming the best version of themselves is my mission in life.

Most powerful teaching technique:

My most powerful teaching technique is giving students hands-on experience with scientific inquiry processing. To actively learn by doing is one of the most influential tools a student can learn in my class.

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

Biology is important to understanding how the living world works and why it evolved to be that way. The study of life leads to careers in medicine, agriculture, environment and so much more. We need our youth to learn STEM in order to solve the problems of the future, as well as expand upon previous discoveries.

Favorite quotes:

“Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.” - Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Favorite trivia:

The fingerprints of a koala are so indistinguishable from humans that they have on occasion been confused at a crime scene!

Recommended visual media:

Thelma and Louise, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Shawshank Redemption

Recommended reads:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Were The Mulvaynes by Joyce Carol Oates, 1984 by George Orwell, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, the Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Hobbies or outside interests:

Hiking, Yoga, Live Music, Crafts, Gardening, Jewelry Making, Skiing, Traveling!