Kaylee Busse has taught science for four years at Southeast Polk High School. This year she is teaching chemistry and advanced earth science.
The Barrington, Ill., native’s interest in science almost led her to a career in medicine.
“My senior year, I took human biology,” she says. “For the first time, science was interesting to me. I thought I would go into pre-med.”
With that in mind, she became an emergency room greeter for the local hospital. It gave her a new perspective.
“I remember feeling under-qualified,” she says. “I saw someone bleeding from the face, and I remember thinking, ‘I should do something with this one… ’ ”
Busse started taking other science courses and realized she enjoyed the process of science. She graduated from the University of Iowa.
“I really liked Iowa City,” she says.
Her school years were totally given over to the classroom.
“I played a lot of sports, especially swimming and baseball,” she says. In high school she played volleyball and lacrosse. She taught lacross e campes for fifth graders and was a coach for 8- to 12-year-olds.
She worked at a Greek diner from the time she was 14 through college. She kept a container of cash under her bed, and when she was in high school she had earned enough to buy her first iPod and a computer.
This is Busse’s first teaching job, and she enjoys her work.
“I love my colleagues and the school atmosphere of really good kids,” she says. “I feel the kids are proud of where they are from and are trying to make the best school possible. I hope students never stop learning and questioning the things around them to gain a better understanding of the world.”
Busse lives in Beaverdale with her golden retrievers, Dexter and Lewis. She is currently training for a marathon and enjoys gardening.