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Carynn Paulsen Locker

Carynn Paulsen

So, who is Mrs. Paulsen?

EDUCATION BACKGROUND

I am a California Native!  I grew up in Torrance, but I attended high school here in Long Beach when I was accepted at CAMS.  I worked hard with my fellow nerds there to be accepted into UC Santa Cruz (proud to be a Banana Slug!).  There I majored in physics, with an emphasis in astronomy.  I got some great research experience studying red giant stars in our "twin" galaxy, Andromeda (M31).  By that time, however, I decided that I really wanted to be a teacher, and was already deep into a minor in education (and another one in history- Ancient Rome RULES!!).  Upon graduation, I went straight back home to get my teaching credential in science at CSU Long Beach.

NO, WHO ARE YOU REALLY?

I am a mom of a set of twins (surprise!! AAAHHH!!): Katie (girl) and Sam (boy) who were born in March 2017.  In my (very limited) free time I enjoy playing board games with my husband, knitting, and reading fantasy books such as the Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones).  I also enjoy traveling and have visited Europe, New Zealand, Canada, and Costa Rica. One of my favorite experiences is when my husband and I went on our honeymoon to Costa Rica, where I got to experience a REAL LIVE rainforest!  One of the highlights of the trip was when we visited the Sloth Sanctuary in Cahuita on the Carribbean coast.  I almost died of squee overload when they brought out a bucket (a bucket!) of baby sloths.  I love sloths!

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