Gaby Del Bosque-Hernandez
Gaby Del Bosque-Hernandez teaches biology.
How did you become interested in biology and environmental science?
I was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and my family and I moved to the United States as I was just about to enter 9th grade. When I lived there, my middle school’s science lessons consisted mostly of teacher’s lectures, student presentations, and information from textbooks. I believe my school didn’t have any science equipment like microscopes, and we didn’t use any chemicals, either so when I entered my first science class in high school, I was fascinated to learn so many concepts while actually doing science! I still remember the first time I looked at a drop of pond water under the microscope, and I couldn’t believe that all of these microorganisms, with their own colors, shapes, and mechanisms for movement could all fit into that tiny amount of space! Science quickly became my favorite class every year, so the most challenging question for me eventually became, “What kind of science should I pursue in college?”
How has your experience at St. Johns been so far, and how has it been different from your other teaching experiences?
It has been great so far. I love having an advisory and the idea that I’m going to see my students grow into the adults they will become during these four years. I’ve taught AP Environmental Science and biology before, so the concepts are not new, but I like this weird rotating schedule at St John’s because it allows me to have free carriers along with my students. I think it’s super beneficial that if a student has a free carrier, they can just come to see me and ask for help.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I want my students to experience and do science, so I try to set up hands-on activities to explore the scientific concepts. I also implement collaboration and group work, so that my students practice critical thinking skills and mimic how scientists work.