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Mrs.  Sandy  Kucinski
Science 7 & 8
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Subjects Taught
Science 7, Science 8

Education

Science has always been one of my favorite subjects to teach.  I have always gleefully attended science oriented training throughout my career. My most recent has been taking 16 credits of environmental education training through the Earth Partnership program at UW. Madison. Earlier, I had been selected along with 15 other Wisconsin teachers to attend the very first space science education training workshop at Marshall Space Center at Huntsville, Alabama. Classes in archaeology at UW-LaCrosse and AIMS workshops (integrating math and science) have also been an active part of my further education.

I hold a 118 license to teach all subjects, 1-8 as well as an 811 license for pre-K to 12 learning disabilities. I attended UW-Eau Claire for 3 years and continued at UW-Superior to complete my undergraduate work (summa cum laude) and continued with getting my learning disabilities certification. 



Experience

Beginning my career as a learning disabilities specialist enabled me to focus on students as learner and that training continues with me today. However, I have spent the most career time as a science/math/social studies teacher in sixth grade.  When our school was going through a downsizing period, I voluntarily went to second grade for two years and then went on to teach fourth grade for 7 years. I feel very fortunate to have experienced teaching more than one grade level.  It has instilled in me a realistic picture of how far students need to progress to be competent to handle their expectations for success. 

Science was always one of my more successful teaching areas beginning with my undergraduate work.  I have gone on to teach other teachers through workshops some of my science units, ie., how to coordinate a pop-bottle rocket unit, combining forensic science and chemistry, and activities in the Earth Partnership curriculum at Madison, WI.

I find myself fortunate to be teaching my favorite subject and helping students realize the potential of the scientific fields in terms of ongoing knowledge, creativity, and discoveries.

 



Bio

I have lived in the North Woods all my life, but have extreme wanderlust and love to explore our national parks and cultural centers.  I am married to Jim Kucinski, recently retired engineer, and we have one daughter, Rebecca.  Rebecca is pursuing her master's degree at Western Michigan University and is presently working as a behavioral therapist with children with autism.  Rounding out our family are our two Newfies, Lily and Atticus, the gentle giants.

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