“We like it crazy here!” says Mrs. Carrier, a busy wife, anatomy and biology teacher, and mom to two boys and two young dogs. She loves teaching the students of TPS science courses, and hopefully even more to come.
Brooke: What got you interested in teaching?
Mrs. Carrier: I was planning on going to med school. I was homeschooled from fourth grade on and did dual enrollment during my junior and senior year. I got a whole bunch of college credits; the plan was to major in biology and go straight into med school. I didn’t get in after undergrad, so I got my master’s degree in Biology and tried a couple of more times, but still didn’t get in. I met my husband and we had a baby. There was no way I was going to go to med school and work forty hours a week while leaving my baby with somebody else. As it turned out, God opened doors for me to teach at the local community college, and make decent money doing it. It was then that I realized that I really loved teaching, even though I didn’t think I would. God must have a sense of humor, because I never enjoyed tutoring and I never liked teaching until I started doing it later on. It’s been fabulous! Being able to teach has been the best thing for our family.
Brooke: I saw in your teacher file that you once worked in a vet’s office. What kind of stuff did you do there?
Mrs. Carrier: I worked there from the time I was fifteen until after I finished my master’s degree. I did everything from cleaning the kennels to reception work, and I even got to do a cat neuter one time. I performed a lot of tasks that nurses would do, like putting in IVs and running blood work. It was a lot of fun!
Brooke: Is that experience what sparked your interest in vet work?
Mrs. Carrier: It stimulated it more, yes. But I had an interest in it beforehand. My mom thought it would be best for me to get my feet in the door and really see if it was what I wanted to do. So I started out volunteering when I was 15. I fell in love and just kept on pursuing it.
Brooke: So where did your interest really originate from?
Mrs. Carrier: For my whole life, I have loved animals. I’ve really enjoyed just being around them and doing stuff with them. I never really cared for the people aspect; there are some crazy pet owners out there! Growing up, we had dogs, cats, chickens, horses, and my grandfather had beef cattle. I clearly remember bottle feeding a few of the calves, and I really enjoyed being around them. I thought I would make a pretty good farmer’s wife.
Brooke: Any special animals you remember growing up?
Mrs. Carrier: We had so many animals when I was younger! I remember one dog I got close to because I trained her to do obstacle courses when I was about eleven or twelve. My husband and I have two dogs now, a two-year-old and a one-year-old!
Brooke: Wow, so you have a crazy house once again!
Mrs. Carrier: Yes, we like things crazy around here!
Brooke: What interested you in the anatomy aspect of your teaching career?
Mrs. Carrier: When you start teaching, prospective employers look at your past experience within undergrad and high school. At the community college, they started me out teaching general biology, an average undergrad course. A little while later, a teaching position for anatomy courses opened up at a different college, so I started teaching those there.
Brooke: Overall, what course do you enjoy teaching the most?
Mrs. Carrier: Zoology is my favorite! My hope is for a class to eventually start here at TPS, maybe even next year.
Brooke: In your opinion, what type of person should take an anatomy class, and why?
Mrs. Carrier: I think it needs to be taken by everybody. Especially those who are wanting to go into the medical field or sciences in general. I think it’s relevant to just the average person who doesn’t care too much about science, because we all go to the doctor. Don’t we all hear these complicated terms about us or our family members, and have absolutely no clue what the doctor is talking about? Just having some background knowledge about your body and how everything works helps a lot with that. Along with that, you also have ammunition to ask questions with. Not all doctors are right. If you can ask some pointed questions, that can make them think through it too.
I wanted to thank Mrs. Carrier for taking the time to speak with me, and such a fun conversation! I hope she continues to teaching at TPS for years to come.