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Betsy Conger

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Head of the Science Department
Head Coach of Girls III Field Hockey
Co-advisor to SPECTRUM
Faculty member since 1986
B.A. Middlebury College

What is your favorite class?

I love teaching Environmental Science partly because I have such a strong interest myself in stewardship and because the students are often interested but don’t know a lot coming in and they usually develop more appreciation for the natural environment. I tell my students that my goal for them is to become environmentally literate citizens. I want them to understand what questions to ask and how to weigh evidence to make informed decisions.

What other hats do you wear on and off campus?

I’m involved in the student orientation program, I stay involved with PRISM, I’m a co-advisor to SPECTRUM, and I coach thirds field hockey and varsity softball. Off the campus, I’m involved with the Wild and Scenic River Commission, which is attempting to have the Farmington River designated as a Natural Historic site preserved by the federal government.

What do you find most rewarding about teaching?

The first thing that pops in my head is the students. I’m so lucky that I have such great classes. The students are fun; they wonder, they question, and they’re such a great combination of interested, intellectual and naive people. They have fun challenging each other and challenging themselves. I have moments when I walk out of a classroom and say to myself, “This is why I teach.” And luckily, these moments are plentiful.