Middle School Science
Phone: 510-724-0242 x110
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Ms. Jenny Chua
Dear Students and Families,
It is with such excitement, delight, and gratitude that I am welcoming you to the 2020-2021 school year as your new science teacher. Don’t worry students, you still have a month left of summer vacation, so think of this welcome as me being super ready to see you in August.
My name is Ms. Jenny Chua, and I am a recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University with my B.A. in Biology, along with a Secondary Science Education program completion, and I am working towards my Single Subject Credential in Secondary Science. I have lived in Berkeley my whole life, and I went to Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito for elementary and middle school and Saint Mary’s College High School after that. Many of my classmates were St. Joseph School graduates, and on my first visit to campus after becoming your teacher, I saw many familiar faces from the Class of 2012 picture. I loved my experience at Saint Mary’s dearly, so if any of you have questions throughout the year about going there, I’m here for you!
I love to cook (cooking is science!), eat the food I cook, swim, read, hang out with my friends and family, and go on walks with my pug puppy named Delilah. Hopefully she can make an appearance or two sometime throughout the school year!
As a science educator, I hope to create an environment that is supportive, welcoming, and filled with wonder. My best teachers were the ones that allowed us to not only make mistakes, but learn from them and encouraged us to always keep pursuing learning. Please don’t ever hesitate to stop me in the middle of class to ask a question because you, your classmates, and even I can learn something from it – you’ll never know unless you ask!
To the sixth graders – earth science ROCKS! Get it? We will spend our time learning about rocks, minerals, earthquakes, and volcanoes. To the seventh graders – I hope you find this year HUMERUS! Are you picking up on it yet? Our year will be spent studying life science, biology, plants, and animals. And to the eighth graders – I make science puns, but only PERIODICALLY. Okay, I’ll stop with the bad jokes. Our year will be dedicated to physics and chemistry.
And to the parents and guardians, I encourage you to be a part of our class community as much as possible. Facilitate conversations about what we learned in class, reach out to me if you need to, and perhaps let the student be the teacher and give you a lesson or two in science. I believe it is essential to teach science in a way that is engaging and connects students to each other, their communities, and the world in which we live.
While I don’t know how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the school year definitively, I do know that the faculty and staff at St. Joe’s are working tirelessly to make sure we can be as healthy and productive as possible. We will be updating you throughout these next few weeks, so stay tuned for that information as it comes. The class supply list is up on my webpage, in addition to a coronavirus supply list that was created last school year.
I leave you with this quote that I stumbled upon in college that has made an impact on me as I embark on my teaching journey: “Science education, at its heart, is about teaching students the methods they’ll use to understand the world around them.”
I look forward to seeing all of you (in one format or another) very soon!
Ms. Jenny Chua
Middle School Science
PS – See a pic of Delilah below!