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Certainly, I am similar to the other 7 billion people on the planet and yet nothing like them. One attitude we most likely share is the feeling that our life cannot be summed up on one webpage. We are complicated beings. In the spirit of industry, I will do my best.

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My name is Renae Gregg and I am an educator. It can be an exhausting job, but it is always rewarding. Teaching refreshes me because it is dynamic and provides opportunities to give back to my community in powerful ways. When I can make a difference in a young person's life, it is a gift that keeps giving.

I am a highly qualified science teacher with 3 years of professional experience in the field of pathology and 9 years of experience in the classroom. Learning is a personal passion of mine that inspires me to read around 40 books a year, keep a Common Place, and make a habit of taking college courses. These activities help expand my knowledge base in all the science disciplines and the art and science of teaching.

My teaching style is interactive, exploratory, and challenging. These skills help me to generate excitement on almost any topic. Through the incorporation of technology in the classroom as part of the delivery and student synthesis, my students can explore topics in information literacy and publishing skills. Technology can also help the students engage with the content which often motivates them to ask questions great questions, helping to tailor the learning to suit their interests. My assessment style consists of mostly formative activities such as discussions, questioning, and quizzes. I enjoy circulating in the room while students are working and engaging with them in conversations about their ideas and work. I also have open-ended portfolio-type summative assessment projects.

My greatest assets in the classroom are my enthusiasm, ability to engage with the students, my knowledge of the subjects I teach, and the diverse ways in which I present material.

Join me in the ongoing discussion of growth and passion: greggr@wou.edu

Family

I am married to a wonderful partner and we have a 2 year old son who continues to amaze us everyday. Growing up with two sisters on a dairy farm in Boring, OR, gave my family lots of opportunity to work together and form close relationships that survive despite the distance that now separates us all. My parents are still farming and provide a great inspiration to me as they are two of the most loyal, hard working, and practically intelligent people I know.

 

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Vocations

Currently, I am a stay at home mom who helps out part-time with the WOU women's basketball program. I am also completing my master's degree in education. I have been a teacher for 9 years. I have taught most of the science disciplines. Before I became a teacher, I held many jobs in the private sector including, laboratory technician, accounts manager, newspaper columnist, receptionist, basketball youth camp coordinator, and farmhand.

Avocations

I am passionate about sustainability. I have built a home off the grid and lived in a tent for over 2 years. I am focusing now on my gardening skills and home canning and preserving. I was a college athlete and have spent most of my life training for something. I enjoy staying active and in shape. I love to read and write. I am an artist. My favorite media is pastels, but I dabble with pencil and paint. I like practicing my photography skills. I spend my freetime being active outdoors and enjoying quality time with my friends and family, NOT via facebook.

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