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A few words about me and my passion - chemistry

 
Hello, my name is Gabriela Tallent, and I have been teaching science for 13 years.
I am a former chemical engineer, and after a two decades career, on two continents, I decided it was time for a change. I was born in Romania, more than half century ago, and moved in the United States in 1998. I live a in the beautiful town of Tellico Plains in a 106 year old house on my husband's family farm.
I became an American citizen in 2005, and I could not be more proud of my adoptive country and this brave nation!
I am married to a wonderful man called Mike and we have 3 children: Roxana, Andrew and Aaron and their wonderful spouses Jonathan, Tiffany and Becky. We are blessed that my mother, Marie, moved with us a couple of years ago. We also have two Dachshunds, Kenzie and Deeks, and a barn cat named Tommy.
 
Education credentials:
  • Master in Chemical Engineering, Poly-technical University, Timisoara, Romania, 1987
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Lee University, Cleveland, TN, 2013
  • Education Specialist, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN, 2017
  • Special Education endorsement, Carson Newman University, Jefferson City, TN, 2021
 
It is an honor and a blessing to be part of Greenback School teaching staff, and working with children is my passion and my true calling!
 
Because understanding chemistry helps you to understand the world around you.
Cooking is chemistry.
Everything you can touch or taste or smell is a chemical.
When you study chemistry, you come to understand a bit about how things work. Chemistry isn't secret knowledge, useless to anyone but a scientist. It's the explanation for everyday things, like why laundry detergent works better in hot water or how baking soda  and yeast work, or why not all pain relievers work equally well on a headache. If you know some chemistry, you can make educated choices about everyday products that you use.
And last but not least, because you have to take this course to graduate high school.
You could use chemistry in most fields, but it's commonly seen in the sciences and in medicine. Chemists, physicists, biologists, and engineers study chemistry. Doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, physical therapists, and veterinarians all take chemistry courses. Science teachers study chemistry. Fire fighters and people who make fireworks learn about chemistry. So do truck drivers, plumbers, artists, hairdressers, chefs... the list is extensive.
If you want to know more just sign up for my class and I promise you will not regret it!