11/20/2020: Faculty Friday w/ Ms. Howarth

           I was born in raised in Otisville, NY, a super small town that sits on the border of NJ, PA, and NY. After my parents got divorced when I was two, my mom, bother and I moved in with my grandparents. When I was little my mom worked two jobs and went to college full time, so I didn’t get to see her as often as I would have liked, and my grandmother worked a lot too. So I ended up spending a lot of time with my grandfather. We did everything together. He walked me to and from school every day (I lived 3 houses away from my elementary school), taught me how to throw a baseball, play volleyball, and basketball. He even got me my first puppy when I was in 2nd grade and me the dog person that I am today. My grandfather made growing up without a father a whole lot easier and was a better father to me then my actual biological father would ever be. Growing up with my grandparents and my mom in the same house influenced the music I listened to because I had the chance to listen to music from pretty much every decade.     

           When I got older, I joined the school band. I played the flute for the first 3 years I was in the band and I wasn’t enjoying myself at all and wanted to quit, but my band teacher at the time said hey instead of quitting why don’t you switch to the tuba, and the rest is history. I went on to play tuba in my high school's concert band, wind ensemble, jazz lab, and jazz ensemble. I love being able to play in the jazz group so much that I even learned how to play bass trombone. I loved band so much that in my 11th and 12th-grade years I was in four band classes a day and continued to play tuba all four years of college. I fully believe that my time in band helped me become the person I am today.

        From 2014-2018 I attended The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) (the #1 public school in the northeast, GO LIONS) where I earned my B.S in biology. I love every single minute of college. It was where I made friends for life and learned from some of the greatest professors in the field. When I graduated I decided that I needed a change so I accepted a job here in Charlotte at Discovery Place. Here I was able to teach everyone about the various animals we had and pretty much any science concept you can think of. Discovery Place was also where I met the amazing Monroe science department when they attended Science on the Rocks. Here they watched me dissect a rabbit, and I don’t know what made them come talk to me but I am sure glad they did.  They told me that there was an opening at their school and to apply for the job, and that was what I did as soon as I got home that day. They called me the Monday after we met, and I had an interview that Tuesday and not even 2 hours after my interview on my way to Discovery Place, I got the call offering me the science teacher position. 

SONGS:

  1. “True” by George Strait
  2. “Bad Medicine” by Bon Jovi
  3. “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas
  4. “Popcopy 1” by More Cowbell
  5. “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Benny Goodman
  6. “Waterloo” by Abba
  7. “Why Not” by Hillary Duff
  8. “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner
  9. “Banks of the Roses” by Nathan Carter
  10. “Harry Potter Melody”