Seventh grade students from Thornton Academy Middle School learned about opportunities for STEM careers on November 8 for Maine BioScience Day. Computer programmer Dave Libby from Fluid Imaging Technologies in Scarborough shared his educational and career path with the students while also describing the work he and his BioTech company do here in Maine. As a 1985 graduate of Thornton Academy, Libby was able to show TAMS students how their experiences in school today can lead to a successful career as an adult.
Beth Bussiere has taught Science at Thornton Academy since 2004. Prior to teaching, she worked in hospital toxicology, biochemistry research, employee relations, and career counseling. She balances this wealth of experience with a strong curiosity for the world around her that keeps her teaching fresh and exciting. In addition to teaching Chemistry and Honors Physical Science, Beth recently published her first novel Come Home a New Way: Stories of Stuartville. She shared stories from her book and advice for building a strong community to TA students at School Meeting. We sat down with her to discuss the writing process and her thoughts on the importance of community.