RamPage: How many years have you worked in Holliston?
Mrs. Krause: This is my seventh year... No, it’s my sixth year. I feel like 2020 messed me up. I didn’t know what happened. Was that two years? Was that one year?
RamPage: Were you always a Math and Science teacher?
Mrs. Krause: No, I’ve never been a math teacher before this year. This is my very first year teaching Math, and it is an adventure. I’m learning the ropes, though, and I’m getting better at math myself, so I do like that.
RamPage: What do you like most about your job?
Mrs. Krause: I like getting to talk to kids. I love science, so I love teaching the science, but I also love getting to joke around and have fun with the kids.
RamPage: Have you always wanted to be a teacher?
Mrs. Krause: No, my first job was as an environmental scientist. I worked for the state, for the Department of Environmental Protection, and that year there were budget cuts in the state, and I got laid off. I ended up teaching as a substitute, and the rest is history. I ended up getting sucked in and becoming a teacher and enjoying it tremendously.
RamPage: If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be instead?
Mrs. Krause: If I could be anything, it would be a surgeon. I have regrets that I was scared to go that medical route because that’s a huge commitment.
What is your favorite section in 7th grade?
I am NOT answering that question! I’m not looking for trouble, so I will plead the fifth.
What is your favorite science topic this year?
I can’t wait for us to do ecology. I used to always teach Life Science, like just Biology all year, until I came to Holliston. And Ecology is one of my favorite units, and it will be spring time, so those of us who are remote will get to do a lot of outdoor observation and exploration. So I’m looking forward to that.
RamPage: What is your opinion on hybrid learning?
Mrs. Krause: Oh, I way prefer teaching in person. Hybrid is… there are things that I do like about it, but just the screen management and all the things you have to look at at once are just very distracting from actually teaching your subject. That’s what I don’t like about it. I work very hard to try to be good at it, and to try to make everything run smoothly, but it is too much juggling in my opinion.
RamPage: What are some highlights of hybrid learning?
Mrs. Krause: I like getting to see the personal side of each other’s life, I’m really familiar with everybody’s house and their pets, and we get to share more personal stuff. We also get to do more. It’s easier to go outside and try things, or change things up in a remote environment, because I don’t even do hybrid: I just do remote.
RamPage: What hobbies do you like doing outside of school?
Mrs. Krause: I love mycology, and that is identifying mushrooms and foraging, so I like to go out and find edible plants and medicinal plants and fungi and really learn how to identify and use things in the environment. There’s a lot of free food all around us, and it’s very interesting to me to learn what’s there and what resources there are. And then I also love kayaking in the summer. And my other hobby is video games and dog stuff.
Who is your favorite singer?
Oh, that’s hard, because you know I’m a really big music fan. I would say my favorite band is The Cure, which is old so you probably don’t know it. Robert Smith of The Cure.
RamPage: Do you have any pets?
Mrs. Krause: Yes I do! I have Potato the one-year-old terrier, but we call him a terrorist. He is a Miniature Pincher Jack Russell Rat Terrier, and he is trouble! Then I have Joyce, who is my docile and loyal Chihuahua-Poodle-Dachshund-Cocker-Spaniel. She doesn’t look like any of those things— she looks like a Jack Russell Terrier. And I have a fish named Raphael. He’s a beta fish.
RamPage: What is your favorite season of the year?
Mrs. Krause: I love spring. I love when everything is coming back up again and coming to life. It’s so nice to finally get back outside again and really spend a lot of time out there. My favorite thing to do is to take my dogs into the woods— mushroom hunting, checking out nature—I could do it all day, every day.
RamPage: When you were younger, what was your favorite grade?
Mrs. Krause: My favorite grade was probably 3rd grade because I had my favorite teacher, Mrs. Shine, and I was a kid who really, really loved reading, and she would always come up with special books and things for me to read, and we would talk about the books I’d been reading. I always cherished 3rd grade.
RamPage: In an old edition of The Rampage, you mentioned a hissing cockroach. Can you tell us that story?
Mrs. Krause: I had a hissing cockroach, and it was my nemesis, and it was in the classroom. My friend’s mom was the science coordinator, and she dropped it off at my classroom, and said, “Oh, I really thought you'd like to have this in there,” and I said “NO! I would not like to have this! I hate him! I want him gone!” So I would just stare at the cockroach and [growl] “COCKROACH.” I had kids take care of the cage and stuff because I did NOT want to touch the cockroach. And I’m squeamish about just about nothing. And then when it finally passed away, I paid a kid in Dunkin’ Donuts to get rid of the body, because even though it was no longer alive, I did not want to touch the cockroach. So I bribed children in Dunkin’ Donuts and they did my dirty work.
RamPage: Did it ever escape?
It didn’t escape, but it got taken out. The cockroach was the source of much stress. There was a year I had a substitute and I was not in the classroom. And one of the kids took the cockroach out, and all the kids went screaming down the hallway, running away from the cockroach and they had to round everybody up and get the cockroach back in. I was not in the classroom. That would not have happened if Mrs. Krause were in the classroom! Someone took advantage. This is why nothing shocks me.
RamPage: Thank you for coming, Mrs. Krause!
Mrs. Krause: Thank you for choosing me to interview!