by Viraj Shankar
At the end of the academic year, Bevin Daglen will be flipping the page on one chapter, and turning to the next one.
Bevin has had quite the adventure through her career. She grew up in Oceanside, CA. Her grandfather was in the military, and she ended up moving to Idaho as a sophomore in high school. Afterwards, she pursued a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University, and went on to earn her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oregon.
Once she completed her doctorate, she worked at a Pacific University in Seattle for one year, and then relocated to Portland while her husband Michael was attending chiropractic school. Bevin noted that she, “…never planned to stay in Portland.“ She added, ”[But] I love[d] this job so much that it kept us here for 8 years after he [Michael] graduated. It has been a great place for me to grow and cultivate some very meaningful relationships with my colleagues.”
However, after 10 years of teaching Chemistry and other science electives here at OES, Bevin will be leaving the school in pursuit of a new adventure. Once the academic year draws to a close, Bevin has ambitious plans, including going on a cruise, completing an 80 hour wilderness First Responder course with NOLS, exploring Italy, and sailing in France. Past that, however, the future is pretty “opaque”, as she described it. She did signal, though, that she would like to open up an analytical chemical lab sometime in the future.
Bevin hopes that the Science Fair will continue to thrive after she leaves, saying that it, “provides students with experiences and skills beyond what they perceive.” Bettina Gregg will be taking over Bevin’s role in the Science Fair next year, and two newly hired science teachers will help teach classes that she has taught here. Bevin also hopes that the school will continue to offer classes that teachers are passionate about, and would love for students to take risks by diving into new and challenging classes, saying, “they just might surprise themselves.”
Fondly remembering school trips and interactions with faculty and students, Bevin said that her favorite part of working here has been being able to, “spend time with so many interesting intellectual people with diverse interests.”
We will all miss Bevin next year, and wish her the very best in her future endeavors!