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Friday, February 16, 2018

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Ms. Belvini: Biology

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Ms. Belvini poses in her sophisticated yet personalized outfit.

Tapping her fingers and feet in thought, Samantha Belvini tries to formulate honest and inspirational responses to us. It’s not hard to tell Ms. Belvini is dedicated. Not only sporting a sophisticated yet stylized outfit but also cracking a few jokes here and there, Ms. Belvini almost seems like a down-to-earth sister.

Ms. Belvini supplied us the details on how she began her teaching path, but first she gave us a fair warning. “So it’s not as inspiring as most people’s. When I graduated in 2008, the recession was all the way down in the ground. I didn’t make enough connections, I didn’t get internships, and so I had no experience. I was kind of floating around, like working at Starbucks. And then I had a friend who was a teacher, and she sort of got me into classes. And it seemed to be a good fit.”

Initially starting her teaching career at Pittsburgh High School, located near Antioch, Ms. Belvini has now made her way to the lovely San Mateo High. She actually still lives in Antioch though, which is approximately one and a half hours northeast from San Mateo, and commutes a long journey to work. Yes, we know, this teacher is seriously committed. She then proceeds to teach three classes of Biology and a guided studies course, sharing a room with Ms. Abrams, a veteran biology teacher. Having recently started her teaching career, Ms. Belvini is still undergoing a learning process, ironically in order to teach.

She expressed her views on science in general, proudly stating, “I think science is cool. Everything we do, everyday has to do with science. It’s life. It’s what you are. It’s how you function. And there’s always something interesting about it. You can always apply it to something that’s happening to you.” Clearly a biology advocate, Ms. Belvini seems to be the perfect candidate for her career.

So far, Ms. Belvini finds SMHS to be on point. “It’s been really, really awesome because everyone has been welcoming and helpful, and everyone seems to have a lot of pride in their school. The old school I was at was more spread out and people seemed to stick together. It seems here, people are more social with everyone else.” Once again, the Mateo spirit has diffused into another newbie, and brought forth a positive response.

The bright Ms. Belvini enjoys doing an array of activities in her free time, including hiking and traveling with her friends, especially to find cool new places to eat at. “I’ll go hours to drive to find somewhere to eat,” she said casually. Unbounded by her car, she also often takes plane rides with her friend who has free flight benefits “to Washington D.C. a lot, just to go eat.” Naturally, as an active person, she did Track and Field in high school and college, exclusively participating in the heptathlon–a total of seven events–which took over two days. When asked if she had any special talents she responded, “I don’t know. I’m so boring,” but after much contemplation: “Oh, my special talent is that I have a dog named Cheese.” Aside from owning a dog with such an adorable name, Ms. Belvini is also exceptionally cool because Cheese was a stray who came up to her door as “a little mini thing.” Absolutely charming.

These experiences and captivating stories about Ms. Belvini catch just a glimpse of what a dynamic person she is. Her friendly and sincere attitude towards others easily portrays what a intelligent, warm-hearted young woman SMHS has very fortunately gained on their staff. “I’ve been impressed by her teaching. She has lots of great ideas and she’s willing to step up to the plate and do whatever is necessary,” said Ms. Abrams, when asked to comment on Ms. Belvini’s teaching.

Evidently, Ms. Belvini is passionate in her choice of career and really wants to “get students excited about science” too. Ultimately, she wants what is best for her students. “I want you to take pride in your work. You should want to show who you are.”

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