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Sarah Timmler

2017 Fellow
Wauwatosa West High School
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Teaching Discipline


Why Biology

“I’ve always found myself drawn to life and nature. The intricacy and complexity of how life works is beautiful and fascinating. Everything is so tightly linked together and yet there are still so many questions about how life works and where it came from.”

Professional Experience

As an undergraduate, Sarah worked in a genetics research lab at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

After college, Sarah worked as a research technician at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the microbiology department. She also worked as a field tech in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, where she studied California Spotted Owls for a research study through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sarah began teaching at Wauwatosa West High School during the 2016-2017 school year.

Volunteer Experience

Sarah volunteered at the Henry Vilas Zoo as an education docent, handling education animals and teaching visitors about the animals and conservation.


Sarah enjoys running, hiking, camping, playing soccer, watching movies, baking and gardening.

Academic Background

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison (Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction)
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison (Bachelor of Science in Biology)



“I decided to pursue teaching after exploring many different biology fields—I've volunteered in a hospital, a veterinary clinic, and a zoo, and I've worked in research labs and done field work. What I discovered was my passion for continued education in biology and the scientific process, as well as my love for discussing science with others. I decided to pursue teaching because I would be able to work with young adults, individuals full of curiosity and questions about how the world works, to continue to discover, discuss, and perform multiple aspects of biology everyday.”

Sarah Timmler
2017 Fellow