Welcome to my Classroom
Owen Middle School
I have been teaching Science and or Math for 36 years (since 1980) and this marks my 23rd year here at Owen Middle. I have lived and taught in Illinois, Houston, and New Orleans. I was known as Ms. Schuster for 21 of my years at OMS. I recently married and am now Mrs. Medling. I have lived in the Owen District for 23 years.
I have one adult son, Kyle, who graduated from OMS, OHS and UNC-CH, 2007. (Go 'Heels)
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, and I received my B.S. in Geology from the University of Illinois in 1980. Later I earned my Master's in Science Education at the University of Houston in 1983. I became National Board Certified in Early and Adolescent Science Education in 2001 and renewed it in 2010. 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 Year.
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 Junior Beta Club Sponsor for 9 years, and a sponsor of the Science Olympiad Team for 14 years.Today I co-sponsor Student Council with Mr. Drummond.
This year in addition to being Science Chair and the Chemical Hygiene Officer for OMS, I serve as the 8th Grade Chair.
I am a member of NSTA, (National Science Teachers Association), NCSTA (North Carolina Science Teachers Association), and PENC (Professional Educators of North Carolina), and serve as the PENC representative for our school.
In the past three decades, I have presented numerous science teacher workshops at the local, state, and national level through my association with my fellow science educators. I have served on the board of NCSTA as the Awards Chair, and the Board of MATS (Metropolitan Association of Teachers of Science- Houston, where I was secretary).
I cannot imagine how different my life would have been had I not been a science teacher. It is who I am.