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Kelly Long

Science teacher

Tell us a little about your background.Kelly Long

I grew up in Ilion, NY, not far from St. Johnsville. After high school, I went to SUNY ESF for my undergraduate degree in Environmental and Forest Biology. Throughout college and after graduation I held several field research jobs. After taking a job as a teacher’s aide, I decided to go back to school to become a teacher. I went to SUNY Oswego to get my masters degree in secondary education. After graduating with my masters, I moved to South Carolina to teach biology and human biology at a magnet school. I moved back to New York this summer to be closer to my family and found this amazing position at Ag PTECH.

What exactly does your job entail?

Teaching living environment means that I help students connect to and understand the world around them. We work on inquiry and critical thinking and develop the skills to think like a scientist.

What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy getting to know the students and what their goals are. It’s amazing to watch students grow and work to achieve those goals and to be there to witness their progress along the way.

What are some of your interests outside of work?

Now that I’m back home, I love spending time with my family, friends, and my dog. I love to read, go to concerts, and spend time outside.

If you were able to talk to your 15-year-old self about life, careers and happiness, what advice would you give?

I would tell 15-year-old me to not be so hard on myself. I would say that it’s a lot better to figure out what is causing my stress, and then to work to change it, than it is to just let it drive me crazy! And if it’s something I can’t change, then I need to let it go. I think that’s something most people learn the hard way as they grow up.

 

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