Welcome to my Classroom
Owen Middle School
I have been teaching Science and or Math for 35 years (since 1980) and this marks my 21st year here at Owen Middle. I have lived and taught in Illinois, Houston, and New Orleans.
I have one adult son, Kyle, who attended OMS, and graduated OHS in 2003. He is a Tarheel, having received his B.A. from UNC in 2007. He recently got married so now I have a daughter-in-law, too (Lindsay). They both currently live and work in the Research Triangle Area.
I have two "new" dogs, both small canines. Patches is a Szu-Poo, and KeeKee is a Pekingnese. They were both recently adopted in 2014.
I recently married a wonderful man last April, and my name has changed to Mrs. MEDLING. (I used to be Ms. Schuster).
I enjoy reading, movies, listening to all sorts of music, and walking in this beautiful area and am known as a Trekkie. Geology is my passion, as it was my major at the Univ. of Illinois. Later I received my Master's at the University of Houston, and in 2001 - I became National Board Certified in Early and Adolescent Science Education. I have just recently renewed my National Board certification as well. In addition, I attended the University of New Orleans for two years past my Masters to obtain certification in Academically Gifted education.
In 2004-2005 I was Owen Middle School Teacher of the Year, and the Owen District Teacher of the Yea
In Nov. of 2012 I was pleased to receive the REGION 8 , Outstanding Middle School Science Teaching Award given by the North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA).
Although I have taught science in all grades from 6-12, I find my niche is with the 8th graders. It must be my sense of humor.
At Owen I was a Beta Club Sponsor for 9 years, and a sponsor of the Science Olympiad Team for 13 years.Today I co-sponsor Student Council with Mr. Drummond.