Picture of Ms.Kemper
By Natalie Martinez
Elizabeth Kemper, also known as the innovative teacher in room 340, brings new and inventive ways of looking at science, hoping to forever impact her students.
Kemper’s teaching style is fun, creative, entertaining and interactive, and this is evident as you walk into her classroom. She has tiny little butterflies coming out of a book against the wall, and right outside the door she has a decorative frame with a big letter K next to her desk. She also has a seahorse, a starfish and other similar items pressed against the wall, as well as human anatomy posters. Her creativity is also displayed in through her unique curtains made out of old fabric and last year’s calendars.
She began teaching biology at Mater Lakes Academy in 2015. She has been teaching for 13 years. Currently, Kemper teaches 8th, 9th and 10th grade. She stated, “I enjoy teaching 8 th grade the most because they just seem a little more eager to learn.”
Kemper believes that a great way for students to learn is by using hands-on activities in class. “I feel like my goal of teaching is to install a love for science because I want to promote students to take care of themselves and the planet,” she said.
Kemper graduated from the University of Texas earning a bachelor’s degree in biology. She describes her college years as “a good experience, a lot of work, frustrating, yet well worth it.” When Kemper decided she wanted to be a biology teacher there was another profession on her mind. Kemper also explored nursing, but teaching called her. She explained how she has always wanted to help people.
Besides loving her job, Kemper has some dislikes about teaching, “All the grading is time-consuming and it sometimes frustrates me,” she said Kemper. There was also the topic of evolution that Kemper slightly dislikes because she believes it is often boring to teach
Freshman Amanda Milian said, “Ms. Kemper is a very creative and fun teacher. She makes biology fun to learn. I never liked science but now I do because of Ms. Kemper.” She likes how her class is very hands-on and that she is always learning.
Another one of Kemper’s students, an 8th grader named Kayla Meyzen said, “Ms. Kemper is creative, innovative and caring. She has interesting methods of teaching like using online games to help productivity.” She enjoys how Kemper always has fun labs set up.
On a personal level, some interesting details about Kemper is that she has a starfish tattoo on her left shoulder that symbolizes her and her four sisters. The starfish on her arm has five appendages that connect the five sisters. This lets her know that they will always be together and that they can count on each other. Along with being a teacher, Kemper is a mom to two daughters. Her eldest daughter, freshman Madison Kemper said, “At home my mom is awesome. She is very caring, loving, kind and creative. She is very helpful when it comes to studying and answering questions for assignments that are not for her class.”
In order to be a good teacher Kemper believes that you must have patience, creativity, knowledge of the subject and lastly that you shouldn’t be intimidating because then students will be afraid to ask you questions.
After all the comments students made about Kemper you can confirm as Jim Henson once said, “Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”