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Ms. Beth Bussiere
Location(s) Thornton Academy Upper School
Teaching: AP Chemistry, Introduction to Biology 1, Introduction to Chemistry 2Beth Bussiere joined the Science Department at Thornton Academy in 2004. Her love of science is fueled by her lifelong curiosity about the natural world. She still owns the big beautiful science book she received on her tenth birthday, The World Around Us. It is inscribed by her father, “Hoping that this answers a few of your many questions." In high school she started as a lab tech in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Pennsylvania and continued that as a summer job through college. She graduated from Earlham College as the only woman chemistry major that year. After college she was employed in a hospital toxicology lab providing results to the morgue as well as the emergency room and clinics. She had several research positions in biochemistry before shifting her focus to problem solving with people. Ms Bussiere worked in Employee Relations at Hospital University of Pennsylvania and got her MA in Applied Behavioral Science before moving to Maine. Here in Maine she worked as a career counselor and then in her husband's small business while she raised her family and completed the USM graduate teaching program (ETEP). After teaching at South Portland High School for several years, she happily joined the science department here at TA. Ms Bussiere and her husband Brad live in Portland. They enjoy (mostly) fixing up their old house and baking bread. Their three sons, Colin, Merritt, and Ian are stepping out into the world. Ms Bussiere loves reading and writing, and has yet to run out of questions about the world around her.