Thornton Academy News

Featured Faculty: Bobbie Rausch–Science Teacher & Environmental Club Advisor

As a student at Hamden High School in Connecticut, Bobbie Rausch knew she loved biology, but it wasn’t until later in life that she decided to teach it. Ms. Rausch earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of Connecticut and promptly headed to the West Coast. She spent almost 20 years there and during this time worked in healthcare as a registered dietician and earned a graduate degree in business administration.

After working in the healthcare industry for many years, Ms. Rausch realized that the part of her job she most enjoyed was interacting with people, as well as the education aspect of clinical work. “Due to changes in healthcare, I was spending far more time on a computer vs. actually interacting with patients. I volunteered to be a mentor for a high school student and that experience spurred me to go back to school for a teaching degree.” Ms Rausch attended Notre Dame de Namur University and earned a CLAD teaching credential in 1999, the same year she began teaching in Belmont, CA. She began teaching at TA in 2003 after relocating to Portland. 


Ms. Rausch currently teaches biology, environmental science, and sometimes chemistry. She also co advises TA’s Environmental Club, which is not surprising, considering her love of the outdoors. “I enjoy being outside and observing nature. Hiking is one of my favorite activities because I get to walk into natural areas that many people never see.” She also loves animals, gardening, biking, and spending time with family and friends.

What is the best thing about teaching at TA? 
The best thing about teaching at TA is the people. I enjoy my co-workers and the many students that pass in and out of my classroom every year.”

What is your favorite teaching memory? 
“My favorite teaching memory is hearing from students who have graduated or seeing them in a work environment outside of TA. It reminds me that we do make a difference. You connect with someone and it has a lasting impression on both parties.”

What do you hope for your students? 
"I want my students to have opportunities. I want them to develop and strengthen passions that they have.”

What do you hope for the future of TA? 
“That the days ahead will be the best of all…”

Featured faculty fun facts! 
Favorite food: Pasta, pizza, cheese, veggies, fruit and chocolate!
Favorite book: Endurance by Alfred Lansing—”Whenever I feel like quitting a task, I think about that book, the physical and emotional hardships and the perseverance. It inspires me.”


Thank you, Ms. Rausch, for educating and inspiring your students and colleagues. Your commitment sets a wonderful example; we're grateful for all that you do to encourage our community to be better stewards of the environment.