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Ms. Raley standing next to Bob the skeleton.

Ms. Raley standing next to Bob the skeleton.

Kimberly Macedo Gaytan

Ms. Raley standing next to Bob the skeleton.

Kimberly Macedo Gaytan

Kimberly Macedo Gaytan

Ms. Raley standing next to Bob the skeleton.

By Kimberly Macedo Gaytan, Staff Writer

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Ms. Wendy Dawn Raley is a Forensic Science teacher and is passionate about teaching.

The Wrangler:  What sparked your interest for Forensic Science?

Raley: The CSI Effect sparked my interest in Forensic Science. The crime shows on TV made me want to look into the field more. Also, when I teach it, we cover so many topics it keeps students interested.

The Wrangler: What did you want to do before becoming a teacher?

Raley: I was in Medical sales for 19 years before teaching. In Medical sales I ended up teaching physicians and nurses about wound care.

The Wrangler: What are your favorite things about teaching Forensic Science?

Raley: I love how the students get excited about putting the science to use. Their involvement in the lab makes the information come alive.

The Wrangler: How long have you been teaching?

Raley: I’ve been teaching High School for 4 years.

The Wrangler: What did you major in while in college?

Raley: [I majored in] Biology with a Biochemistry minor.

The Wrangler: What college did you attend?

Raley: [I attended] Texas Tech University, [and] finished at [the] University of Clear Lake.

The Wrangler: If you could go back and major in something different, would you choose to follow a different path?

Raley: Absolutely not! I’ve always enjoyed science, and I get to continue learning each year. I couldn’t ask for more!

The Wrangler: Being in the Forensic field, does it ever get too overwhelming with the things you witness in crime scenes?

Raley: The field can be overwhelming. Some of the horrible acts committed by people are mind-boggling, and the unnecessary loss of life can be heartbreaking.

The Wrangler: What is the most gruesome crime scene you’ve studied, and how did you react?

Raley: It was actually in studying the “body farm” with the decomposition of bodies that got me the most.

The Wrangler: Any advice for students who are interested in becoming part of the Forensic Science field?

Raley: Study your sciences. You have to know a little of everything, and you can specialize after that.


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