My name is Kristen Batko and I am a life science teacher at Northern (Biology & Environmental Science). I’ve always been amazed by the beautiful world around us. When I was a toddler, I used to chase frogs, follow ants with a magnifying glass, and nurse hurt animals back to health. I was destined for a life in the biological sciences.
I graduated with my B.S. in Biology from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). While an undergraduate, I had some amazing opportunities. I completed two independent research projects, presented four scientific posters (two of which were at international conferences), and completed a field study on human impact in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.
After graduating, I moved to Idaho where I worked for the Department of Fish and Game collecting data and genetic samples from salmon. Having grown up in New Jersey, this was a drastic, but welcome change. Eventually, I decided to pursue a career in science outreach and went back to TCNJ for my Master of Arts in Teaching.
I’m very excited to be afforded the opportunity to share my passion for science in the classroom. I continue to share my scientific knowledge by submitting publications for review (currently published by Animal Diversity Web and American Biology Teacher). I hope to inspire my students to become lifelong learners that share their knowledge with the world! In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, and spending time outdoors.
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