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Dawn Richards

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Upper School
Department(s)
Science
Title(s)
Science Department Chair, Science Instructor

Contact Information

Email
(Primary)
School Phone
563

Education

Degree(s)
BSC (Hons), Lehigh University
MS, University of Deleware
PHD, University of Deleware

Other Information

Employed Since
2004
Intro
“I love when they realize that something we learned on the first day of class fits in with something we did in December, and now it all comes together to make a complete picture.”
Biography

Although Dawn Richards was often bored in her high school science classes, she chose to major in environmental science and resource management at Lehigh University.Dawn intended to study law, but she was drawn to research, to the chance to find answers to the “I wonder why” and “What would happen if…” questions that she often pondered. “I may have been bored by science in high school, but I knew there was more out there,” she says. “Scientific research fulfills curiosity; you get to answer questions about the world around you.”

Dawn continued to ask and answer questions, earning an M.S. in oceanography in 1997 and a Ph.D. in the same discipline in 2003, both from the University of Delaware’s College of Marine Studies.

Dawn did not plan to teach, but, after she married a scientist, Dawn realized that she and her husband could not both put in the time it takes to secure funding and conduct research and still raise a family. Dawn decided to give high school science another chance, but only at a school like Baylor, where she has the freedom to find the most effective ways to reach students. “I am so aware of making it interesting to my kids now. I try to apply it to the real world, to teach it in a way that makes them realize that it makes sense and to show them that science is literally what’s happening around them.” Dawn most enjoys watching students make connections. “I love when they get it, when in April, they realize that something we learned on the first day of class fits in with something we did in December, and now it all comes together to make a complete picture.”

Appointed 2004

Written by Rachel Schulson, 2009