The Biology Teacher Everyone Needs


By: Ryan Martin-

Thanks to the generosity of new biology teacher Ms. Welage, we get an insight into how amazing she truly is inside and outside the classroom.

Q: Where are you from, and where did you go to school? (college)

A: I grew up in Berkley, Michigan, about 20 minutes outside of Detroit, until I was 11 years old. When I was 11 I moved to Pittsburgh with my family because my dad got a job here. When it was time for me to go to college, I knew I wanted to stay close to home AND I wanted to go to a BIG school, so I chose West Virginia University, which is only an hour away.

Q: What did you do before coming to Seton LaSalle?

A: Before I came to Seton LaSalle, I taught Pre-Kindergarten at Tutor Time in Bethel Park for 4 years. I loved it!

Q: What made you become a teacher?

A: After deciding I didn’t want to be a dentist I came home from college. I had an undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, but  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do from there. During my summer breaks I worked at LA Fitness in Bridgeville and Robinson in their Kids Klub watching the kiddos. After summers working with the kids, I decided I wanted to start teaching Pre-School, so I got a job at Tutor Time. I have always loved working with kids, so I knew that I would like working at Tutor Time. I found that not only did I love working with the kids, but I loved the teaching aspect too. So, I decided to go back to school and get my Master’s degree in education, so I could teach high school science.

Q: If you weren’t a teacher, what other career would you choose?

A: If I wasn’t a teacher I would probably do wedding or party planning, or maybe open a bakery, that seems fun!

Q: What is unique about teaching at Seton than other schools you’ve taught at?

A: Teaching high school is VERY different from teaching Pre-K, obviously. However, I use many of the same techniques I used with the little kids, with the big kids. I student taught at Thomas Jefferson High School. It’s a really big school! One thing I really like about Seton is that it’s a smaller school. The students faces became very familiar very quickly, and it was easy to get to know other teachers. It really does feel like a family.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your job?

A: My favorite thing about my job is watching students learn and enjoy science. It’s like a roller coaster ride!

Q :What is the best thing about the subject you teach?

A: I love science because it can take you so many places. Biology is a field that is so important, and it’s a precursor to so many careers. I also just think it’s an exciting ever changing field, and I like that.

Q: What is a hobby you have outside of school?

A: I like to bake and hang out with my cat.
Q: Something interesting about you that you think we should know.
A:I play the ukulele. I’m not the greatest ukele player, and I am teaching myself, but I love it!

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