About the Teacher

NAME: Mrs. Pregnall
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SCHOOL: Arlington High School

CLASS: Marine biology, AP Biology

SCHOOL PHONE: 845-486-4860


Who Is Mrs. Pregnall?

I have been at Arlington High School for 24 years and I love Arlington.  I cannot imagine teaching 
anywhere else.  I went to Smith college where I received a BA in Biology and then I worked on whales for 
a few years.  I went to graduate school at the Oregon Institute of Marine biology and Bard College where 
I received my MS in Environmental Science.  I also went to Vassar College where I received my New York 
State secondary education teacher certification.

I still participate in research projects.  In fact I am presently studying the endangered Blandings turtles 
that live on our school property.  For fun, I love to SCUBA dive and hike.  I am just about to become a 
46er!!  (note: a 46er is a person who has hiked all the 46 high peaks in New York state)

I live in Arlington and my kids have benefitted from being is this district.  I have 2 kids, 3 cats, 1 dog and 
4 snakes, 1 turtle, and dozens of fish.  You will soon meet many of these creatures in the Arlington 
Aquarium Room.

This is what I believe in!

I have been a science teacher for 24 years and I believe science is a 
creative process that continually changes and develops over time.  It is 
never static. There is so much to learn about the world we live in.  I feel 
teaching not only gives me an opportunity to share my love of science with 
students, but it also enables me to learn new things on a continual basis.  I 
have never thought of teaching as a job, but rather a fascinating journey 
that exposes me to new discoveries and novel ways of thinking on a daily 
basis.  This is what I strive to pass on to my own students.  I want my AP 
Biology, Marine Biology and Research students to explore myriad challenges, 
gather and analyze data, and continually ask new questions.   
 
The new structure and framework of AP Biology 2012-13 will allow 
me to teach students that science, and in particular biology, is more than 
just a collection of facts.   The inquiry based, process-oriented approach to 
AP Biology will allow myself and my students to really understand how our 
previous and future knowledge, new and old observations and background 
readings can lead to new experiments and discoveries in biology. It is quite 
clear to me that we do not know everything in science.  I want my students 
to realize how much we don’t know, and more importantly, I want to give 
my students the tools to find their own answers to new questions and to 
make their own new discoveries.