Teacher Loves Science And Photography

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Taylor Goss tests the temperature and acidity of river water in the Verde River.

Name: Beverly Adams

School and subjects taught: Payson High School — life science, biology and ecology.

College degree and major: Bachelor’s degree in botany.

Years teaching: Three.

Why do you teach? I have a gift and passion for teaching. I come home at the end of the day full of ideas and thoughts for the next day and find myself excited.

Personal motto / words of wisdom: Never go to bed angry (Ephesians 4:26).

Family: My husband Jonathan and I have been married for over five years. We have no children yet. I grew up in a military family in Sierra Vista near Fort Huachuca. I have two younger sisters, one of which is studying to become a teacher.

Pet peeve: Untruthfulness.

Favorite hobby or leisure activity: I am a true shutterbug. I love photography and can often be found with a camera around my neck.

Person in history you’d most like to meet and why: There are so many admirable people in history it is hard to choose just one person to meet. I think my top choice would be to meet Queen Esther. She was a noble woman who cared deeply about her people and risked her own life to save many.

Why Payson? My husband and I had listed Payson as a nice place to live before we had settled. The following summer I was offered a job at Payson High School. We were all too happy to pack our bags and move into the mountains.

In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? My freshman year biology teacher, Mrs. Virginia Bealer was my favorite teacher. I learned to love biology in her class. I still keep in contact and feel fortunate to call her a friend.

What was your favorite subject in school and why? I loved science the most. My sophomore year I started to compete in science fairs competing as high as ISEF, the International Science and Engineering Fair. I have some great memories and experiences through science.

What was your favorite year in school and why? I enjoyed my junior and senior years of high school. I had some great friends, I was doing well in science fairs, and was just starting to develop my interest in photography.

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