Introducing New LS Science Teacher - Sosha Haynes '96

Carolyn Borman
We have found an amazing science teacher for our Lower School students! Introducing Sosha Haynes!

From Elisabeth Stayer: We are elated to welcome Sosha Haynes, Roeper alumna and current parent (Jaxson, Stage III.2 and Addi, Stage II.2), to The Roeper School faculty as the Lower School science teacher for Stages I-III.  Sosha brings with her years of experience as a science educator with particular strengths in curriculum development and implementation of the NGSS national science standards.  Most importantly, as evidenced in her interviews and sample lessons, Sosha understands gifted children, the importance of nurturing creativity, and how to engage young scientists.

1. What is your new position at Roeper - details like what courses will you be teaching, are you working with other faculty?

My position is Lower School Science teacher. I will be working with the students in Stages I, II, and III. I look forward to collaborating with homeroom teachers and other specialists to show how science intersects with many other areas.

2. What were one or two highlights of your life?

I would definitely have to say the births of my two children, Jaxson and Addi are the highlights of my life. Being able to watch their wonder and curiosity makes me want to explore with them and continue learning. 

3. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be and why? 

If I could live anywhere in the world for a year, it would be in New Zealand. I traveled there as a high school senior for a month and would like to return with my children. It would be interesting to take them somewhere where the seasons are reversed. There are so many wonderful natural areas  to explore. It would give me an opportunity to visit old friends and introduce my children to their children. 

4. What are some things you'd like to share about yourself, your family and birthplace?

I was born in Colorado, though I grew up mainly in Michigan. I attended Roeper for Middle and High School (graduating in 1996). My three siblings also attended Roeper (for various numbers of years). My mother taught at Roeper for many years at the Upper School. I knew when it was time for my two children to go to school, I had to look at Roeper. Both of them instantly fell in love. We make the drive from Dearborn daily because we believe in the Roeper philosophy. It is so important to have them learn at a school that fosters their curiosity and understand that the students should be the center of the classroom. 

5. What are your hobbies and interests outside of work? 

As a family, we love exploring outside. We get out into nature as much as possible. We are looking forward to the snow falling to get back to our favorite sledding hill. We also love playing card and board games and having family movie nights.  I enjoy baking, running, working out, and learning. I like to keep up with the advancement in science by reading articles and listening to podcasts. 

6. What is a topic or skill that you love to teach or share and why? 

I'm most excited to nurture curiosity.  Seeing students wonder about nature and phenomena brings me joy. I love seeing their eyes light up when they discover science on their own. I look forward to guiding the students and pushing them to think deeper about the observations they make of the world around them. 

6. What is it that appealed to you about Roeper when you took the job?

I would like to say everything!! Being able to bring to life science for students starting in the youngest grades is so exciting. Being able to watch students grow throughout their years at Roeper is something I look forward to. I hold the Roeper philosophy dear to my heart. I look forward to working with the entire staff to make sure the children are excited about learning.

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