I am Rebecca Brown; the creator of this website and an AP Environmental Science (APES) instructor. This website has not only been created for my students, but for other APES students to use as well.
Besides teaching APES at Milton I am also the Science Co-Chair along with Mr. Cavallaro. This means I have extra responsibilities at Milton and as a leader at school I must be a role model for my students and other teachers.
As you can see from the picture above and many of the pictures you see on this website I have this thing about fishing. I like everything about fish including protecting the water in which they live. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources from The University of Georgia. More specifically I attended The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at UGA.
I worked in the fish lab at UGA while I worked on my undergraduate degree and upon graduation I was hired to work in a toxicology lab as a lab technician and aquaculturist in the same building as the fish lab. I love research…knowing the whys and hows.
So how did I get into teaching? When I married I moved to metro Atlanta and the commute to Athens was too much. I decided to do some substitute teaching while looking for a job in fisheries or aquaculture. I had fun teaching and working with students and was encouraged by a local high school to pursue a teaching certificate and come work for them teaching science. So I began working at Parkview High School in Lilburn and went to Georgia State University at night to earn my graduate degree in science education. I came to Milton in 2002, or should I say I returned to Milton since I did graduate from Milton in 1986. This year will begin my 20th year teaching. WOW!
What other jobs have I had besides science research and teaching? When I was sixteen I had a job as a waitress at a local diner in Alpharetta and I gave that job up to be a veterinary assistant because I thought at one time of becoming a veterinarian. After graduating from high school I joined the Army and was stationed overseas and spent a lot of time guarding nuclear missiles. While in college I worked leading horseback trail rides at Lake Lanier Islands, managed a horse barn for room and board, assisted a land surveyor in the north Georgia mountains, and worked the graveyard shift at three convenient stores.
There is one more thing you need to know about me. I am very involved with the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Eight years ago I was elected as the Secretary-Treasurer and have been re-elected several times. Part of my responsibilities with the Chapter is organizing the annual meeting as well as managing the Chapter funds. This has been a great way for me to keep up to date on current fisheries research and talk and share with others who have the same interests as I.
Note: The picture of me above with the two largemouth bass were not caught hook and line. I had an opportunity to volunteer with Georgia Department of Natural Resources and sample a pond using an electrofishing boat. All fish sampled were returned the pond.