Mrs. Ellen Orton

 

Personal Profile:

I graduated from Wheaton College in 2002 with a Biology major. After teaching in Honduras for two years I accepted a biology teaching position at Rockford Christian High School in Rockford, IL. While I was teaching in Rockford, I began my teacher certification courses through Rockford College and the National Teacher’s and Educators Center. I completed my certification courses in May of 2007, and I completed my Master of Arts in Teaching in July of 2007. I began teaching at Timothy two months later and have been teaching here ever since.

 

Professional Profile:

I graduated from Wheaton College in 2002 with a Biology major.  After teaching in Honduras for two years I accepted a biology teaching position at Rockford Christian High School in Rockford, IL.  While I was teaching in Rockford, I began my teacher certification courses through Rockford College and the National Teacher’s and Educators Center.  I completed my certification courses in May of 2007, and I completed my Master of Arts in Teaching in July of 2007.  I began teaching at Timothy two months later.  Over the summers I have also been taking courses at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL, where I am currently working on completing my Master of Arts in Bioethics. 

Philosophical Profile:

It is interesting to me that the world’s most educated people can’t really agree on what exactly it means for something to be alive.  We can describe life, and we can identify living things when we see them, but the essence of what it means to be alive is still mysterious.  I think it is best to approach biology with this mystery in mind.  When we study God’s creation it is not enough to simply figure out how something works or why it works that way.  We miss something if we do not appreciate the beauty and the mystery in God’s creatures.  Studying biology should not aim to take the beauty and mystery away, but rather to add to it.  In my own study of biology I have found that the more I learn, the more questions I have, and the more beautiful the world becomes to me.  It is my hope that my students experience this as well.

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