Middle School Science Teacher Lizz Klammer was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana but has also lived in South Carolina and Texas. She is currently in the last stages of her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Science Education. She is married with two children, one granddaughter and a grandson on the way. She’s also the mother of a huskie dog named Sitka. We caught up with Lizz recently and posed a few questions:
What is your favorite amusement park ride? My favorite ride is the roller coaster because it is just like life. You are excited to get on the ride, enjoying the ride up, gripping the edges when you get to a scary descent, laugh when you survive and want to go back in line to do it again. You just have to remember to hang on and breathe.
If you could try to break a world record in anything what would you try? I would try to blow the biggest bubble gum bubble. It would be a great science experiment, plus it would be messy and fun!
Which musical instrument do you think best describes your personality? I play the accordion, not well, but I enjoy the Oompah-pah of polkas. It is a funny instrument, but can make a loud and powerful noise.
If you could choose between exploring outer space and the bottom of the deepest ocean, which would you choose? I would choose the deepest ocean. It is a dream of mine to discover a new species and have the species named after me. Stizostedium klammeri would make my day!
Tell us something we would be surprised to know about you. I enjoy shooting skeet and trap. Growing up in Southwest Louisiana, many young people were taught how to hunt for their food. As a teen I learned how to clean, prepare and cook duck, goose and quail. I shoot skeet with a matching set of 28 and 410 Remington 1100 shotguns, a gift from my father for my 15th birthday.
What was your favorite subject when you were in elementary or middle school? I must admit my favorite subject in elementary and middle school was art. I love to draw and to paint. That is probably why I enjoy the A in STEAM so much and have many science art projects in my classroom.
What is your favorite thing about being a teacher at Alta Vista? Alta Vista gives me the freedom to teach “outside the box”. I enjoy doing inquiry-based projects, which allow students the opportunity to be creative. The opportunity to give a variety of assessments provides me with a holistic view of the student.