High School Science Teacher
Hometown: Ridgeway, WI
High school graduated from: Dodgeville (Class of 2011); daughter of Julie Ottoway Sincox (MPHS Class of 1982)
College: Erin earned her Bachelor’s in Chemistry-Biochemical Concentration and a Bachelor’s in Broad Field Science Teaching with Physical Science including Chemistry along with minors in Physics and Secondary Education in 2016 from Edgewood College in Madison.
Previous employment: Since graduating from college, she has been a high school science teacher at Sevastopol High School. Her student teaching experience was in Mineral Point under the direction of Matt Austin.
Hobbies/Free time interests: I equally enjoy being outdoors and inside. As much as I like going for walks or hikes, I also enjoy cozying up with a cup of coffee and reading a good book or watching a movie. I enjoy traveling around the country and world. I have been to France twice, and England and Spain once. I am looking forward to a trip to Ireland next summer!
What attracted you to apply at MP Schools?: Having student taught at Mineral Point High School, I am honored to have been a part of the team for even a short period of time and recognize the exceptional work that continues to be done there. I was able to be a part of the community when the girl’s basketball team won the state tournament, and it was an experience I will never forget. The Mineral Point community is unlike any other community I’ve known. Living out of the area has made me realize how great an opportunity it is to move back and work with such a caring and hard-working staff. The MPHS staff, and specifically Matt Austin, helped to create the teacher I am today, and I am thankful every day for it. It is an honor to return to Mineral Point High School and be a part of an excellent team.
Quotable: “My varied teaching and related work experiences have taught me the importance of interpersonal relationships and connections, inside and outside of the classroom. I am genuinely interested in my students as people and strive to build them as lifelong learners and responsible citizens. I attend events my students participate in outside of school. I take initiative in our school community and am a co-advisor to our school’s Multicultural Club, was recently certified to be a speech competition adjudicator, hold a position on the Technology and ACT focus team committees, and last summer was selected to take five students to a rural summer science camp at UW-Madison as well as attend an 80-hour certified FabLab training. I am committed to my students’ success by differentiating instruction and pace of the class to best suit their needs and interests and taking the extra time and effort to help them outside of class when needed.”
“Taking a genuine interest in my students has influenced the nature of my teaching as well. I am a progressive science teacher as I advocate for using a constructivist learning model including Project-Based Learning and Modeling Instruction. It is my goal to incorporate more fully the Arizona State/AMTA Modeling Instruction into the classes I teach, as the program allows students to build a conceptual understanding of scientific principles using multiple models. I also strive to offer a dual-credit CAPP physics course at the completion of my Master’s Degree. I believe I am a great fit to continue the legacy of the #2 ranked school district in the state and build upon the successful work already being done in the science department.”