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#STEMStories: Bonnie, Biology Teacher, USA

1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do?

Bonnie Nieves, I am a high school Biology teacher.

2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do?

Although I always wanted to be a teacher, I studied to be a Biologist. I worked in a lab studying proteins after getting my degree but was lonely in the lab working mostly independently. Some people really like the autonomy but I love talking to people. I became a teacher and now I talk to people all day!

3. What about your job makes you jump out of bed in the morning, especially on those cold, dark mornings?

I always have a plan for tomorrow. I make sure that it is going to be interesting and informative. I have fun doing the activities and helping kids.

4. What is your personal cure for stress or how do you raise your spirits in times of doubt? Can you share a Story?

I run outside and take my dog for long walks. This helps me refocus and ensures that I am following my passion. If I need to change direction then I ask a friend for advice.

5. Who is your role model? If no one, any thoughts on this?

My Grandmother was born in the 1930’s she was the first girl in our family to graduate HS and the first to go to post secondary school (I was the second)

She was always straight forward and found time to enjoy life.

6. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time?

Remember that you have a purpose. Appreciate every failure and make sure you learn from them.

7. Top 3 tips for girls starting out in STEM?

  1. Don’t be shy- ask questions
  2. Reach out to professionals, they always want to help. Sometimes they just have limited time.
  3. Follow your dreams never underestimate yourself.

8. How do you measure your success?

By my happiness and amount of time I have to spend doing things that I love.

9. Where can we find out more about your work?

I have a blog that I do not update as often as some people (I choose to spend my blogging time with family). I am writing a book about teaching that will be out next summer. I tweet LOTS!

10. Are you social? Will you share your Twitter handle, or LinkedIn profile, or Facebook so that young women can connect with you?

Find me on Twitter @biologygoddess
And Voxer @bonnienieves