Tough but fair -- it’s how Brian Waite describes himself in the classroom.

“I like the interpersonal engagement with students and just trying to help inspire them to have a passion for science,” said Waite, a biology and AP environmental sciences teacher at Service High School.

Science has changed a lot over the years, and it’s partly why Mr. Waite has been teaching for the past 26 at Service High School.

“We knew about DNA when I started teaching, but now, we sequence genomes of entire organisms in a matter of day,” Waite said.

Mr. Waite engages with his students to better understand how they learn. Some of his students say they’ve become better at taking tests because of his techniques.

“He’s honestly taught me a lot about studying,” said Paisley Protzman, a student at Service High School. “It’s good because I’m trying to get straight A’s this year.”

“I give them a lot of ways to memorize things that might be difficult to learn on their own,” Waite said.

Waite’s hope is for some of his students to pursue science after high school and create a career out of it.

“There’s a lot of job opportunities available,” he said. “You can almost run with any way you want. If you’re interested in it and you’re willing to work hard.”

Mr. Waite is the chair of Service’s science department and coach’s soccer and cross-country running.

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