Sandra Milligan has been teaching biology full-time at NIC since 2003. Her early scientific training was in neuroscience but she is now a “generalist”, a naturalist and a life-long learner. Her life is seamless, as work and hobbies flow together and support each other.
Sandra has grown roots in the Campbell River community and has been fortunate to be involved in many organizations that enhance the community: Greenways Land Trust, the BC Centre for Aquatic Health Science, Discovery Passage Aquarium and Active Campbell River.
Sandra regularly provides presentations in the community on a variety of topics: intertidal life, sex in plants, nutrition, brain anatomy, heart dissections, local history, invasive plants and gardening. Athletics take up much of her spare time; running, cycling, swimming, yoga, diving and planning for the next race. Gardening for food, flowers and fun, reading non-fiction and bird watching fill in the quiet moments. She considers raising her three talented children as one of her most surprising accomplishments.
Sandra brings much of the outside community and nature into the classroom, in the form of stories but also in the form of real, moving, living organisms. Wherever possible, classroom topics are related to daily events that happen in our bodies, brains, communities and in the world. Students are provided active learning opportunities to connect concepts to their interests and to see how the concepts may be applied in future careers.