Laura Recene has been a science instructor with Penn Foster since 2015. Before that she taught science at a public high school in Pennsylvania for five years. She has a degree in Biology and expanded her education with a degree in Classroom Technology, because she loves science and loves the wealth of knowledge available online.
Laura has lived in rural Pennsylvania all of her life, but enjoys traveling. Most of her time is spent at home with her husband, dog, and two pet skunks!
What is your proudest teaching moment?
Every time that my students were able to relate what they learned in science class to the outside world, and understand why it matters!
What is one piece of advice you'd like to give students?
Do your best, even if you don't think you need to. A week from now, you won't miss those extra minutes that you put in today to do a good job, but you'll be happier having a great end result.
What are some of your passions?
Riding and working with horses has been a lifelong passion; I don't have much time to compete but I love trying new challenges on horseback. I also enjoy cooking, reading, and playing video games that tell a great story.
What is your most memorable experience as a student?
Failing my first college Chemistry exam; high school science had been easy, and suddenly I was faced with a class that was much more challenging! I had to change how I studied, dedicate more time to studying, complete every single practice problem dedicate more time to it, and not be afraid to ask for help. I worked harder than I originally thought I might have to, but I did well on every exam after that and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
What are some of your personal or professional goals?
To continue developing all-around skills as a teacher. I have worked part-time as a dog trainer and I would like to earn a nationally recognized dog training certification.
What is your greatest strength?
Persistence! I am not naturally good at many things, but I break down new challenges and work at them bit by bit until I am successful or have improved my skills.