Science gains two new teachers

Crystal Serrano and Ashley Morris join the science department

Christian Silva and Grace Pedregal

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With another year always comes with a few new teachers, including two additions to the science department: Crystal Serrano and Ashley Morris.

Crystal Serrano is one of the many teachers this year who has recently joined the growing staff. She moved to San Diego from her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Though raised by the bayou Ms. Serrano enjoyed the fresh environment of San Diego and chose to live here with her husband and kids.

She is a science teacher who has been noted by her students as being a kind teacher motivated to teach at a new school. “She came off as very friendly and excited to meet the new students” Enrique Corona, junior, said.

Serrano had heard Mater Dei was filled with ambitious students excited to go to college, and she feels as though this reflects reality. She is also meeting the expectations of her students. “She was very prepared and did not come off as new” Enrique Corona, junior, said.

While she is sure of her career now, but she did not always think teaching was right for her. She described herself as shy and uncomfortable when talking to others, but discovered her passion when she was forced to teach her peers in a lab during graduate school.

Serrano offers some words of wisdom to all students, “Don’t give up. And don’t be afraid to ask any questions. Any question you might have others are sure to also have” Crystal Serrano, science teacher, said.

The other new science teacher is Ashley MorrisMs. Morris is a “Chemistry in the Community” (Chem Comm) teacher at Mater Dei Catholic High School. “Chemistry in the Community is a year-long course that introduces high-school students to chemistry.” It focuses on science in the real world.

Before coming to Mater Dei, Morris taught chemistry, AP chemistry, bio-medical science, and biology in Los Angeles for two years. In addition, she taught general chemistry and analytical chemistry at SDSU and Georgetown University.

Happy to be here Morris says “The school is amazing, I like it a lot and have enjoyed getting to know everyone. All my students have been wonderful and faculty and staff are very nice and welcoming.”

Morris points out that some of the highlights of the school are getting to know everyone, the welcoming nature of the school and the amazing students. When asked what she plans to accomplish as a teacher this year she says, “Help students become interested in science, [do] fun experiments and projects about chemistry, and get to know all of my students throughout the year.”

Andrea Gallardo, a junior who takes chemistry in the community with Ms. Morris comments on Morris’ energy displayed in the classroom, “It’s a very positive environment because of her optimistic vibe. She has a lot of positive energy and she is easy to talk to. This makes learning a lot more effective.”

Joseph Nisbet, a senior, and Gael Leyva, junior, are students that also have Ms. Morris for Chem Comm and have positive things to say. Nisbet states, “I find that Ms. Morris is an understanding, kind person and she’s great at what she does. She makes sure that we succeed.” Leyva agrees, “I feel like she is very open-minded and helps us on what we struggle on so that we can improve. She is a very nice person and I appreciate all that she does.”

These welcome additions to the science department will bring a bright enthusiastic learning experience for their students.

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