Ms. Erin Been

Ms. Erin BeenCarson High School

Carson City, Nevada


Who was your favorite teacher? Why?


My favorite teacher was my high school PE teacher, Mr. Caputo. I think this is so because of two things. One, it was my favorite subject, PE, getting active and playing hard. Two, the teacher was young, vibrant and active. He participated with us and even challenged us to beat him including the 3 mile run across the city bridges, or down the river.


What are three things every teacher should own?


Three things teachers must have are a go-to de-stress pump-up song for the car radio, a grab bag of icebreakers/instant activities to play in 5 minutes or less and self confidence!


If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?


My Dad. He is fair, honest, open, understanding, a good listener, and intelligent. He would run a tight ship, but at the same time make things fun and exciting, as life should always be! 


What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?


Marketing would be my pick. I am somehow always drawn to community relations, event planning and fundraising. I love doing that and get so much fulfillment out of this type of work!


Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.


My favorite lesson is teaching about cholesterol and fatty foods. Kids these days are exposed to high fat content in the fast foods they eat. I bring in a funnel and some Crisco lard. I have kids pour water through the funnel simulating arteries and digestive tract. The water flows smoothly through the funnel. Over the years our body accumulates fat in the form of cholesterol.  Student line the funnel with Crisco and then try to pour water through realizing it does not go! This is a visual representation of their bodies and they actually "Get the Picture!"  The kids love it and I see them realizing they are what they eat!


What is the greatest misconception about teachers?


I hear it all the time - teachers only work 9 months and get 3 months off. Little do they realize that we work a lot longer than the average person does in a day when you take account the grading, meetings, and coaching hours that we put in!


What stereotype about teachers is true?


This is tough; I don't use stereotypes and don't pay attention to them.


How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?


I always loved sports and working with kids, growing up doing Parks and Recreation. It was a natural fit. I actually wanted to do Social Work but my college professor (pseudo Dad) advised me to keep my doors open and pursue teaching. I am very thankful for him! He steered me right. I wouldn't be here doing what I love to do without his guidance! Another reason, my Mom was a teacher and I loved that she was smart, and worked with me on school work. My parents, as role models, both steered me into education!


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