Mrs. Sawyer

I am so excited to be your teacher for this year.  I absolutely love Biology & love to have fun in class as we discover some very cool things about the life that is around us all the time, every day, in all places.

A little about my education: I graduated from Southeastern College (now University) in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology Education.  I have some graduate classes (classes taken after a 4 year degree) from UF and UCF & graduated with a Master’s degree in Educational Media Design & Technology from FullSail University in Orlando.  I will work on my doctorate soon, so one day you will know me as Dr. Sawyer ;P.

About my family: My first love is my family.  We enjoy a lot of laughs playing Wii, board & card games, & being outside in the pool or on the Bartow trail.  I have 4 children: Michaela- 14 (attends Summerlin), Philip- 12, Isabella- 10 & Brighton- 6.  My husband, Brian is an Algebra Honors & Algebra 2 teacher.  Our new babies are our 2 kittens- Chuck Barry & Coco.  I also enjoy reading, spending time with friends, anything coffee, going to church, traveling & going to parks like LegoLand.



3 thoughts on “Mrs. Sawyer

  1. Taylor Lipphardt

    My parent wanted to know more about Meningococcal Meningitis. This bacterium attacks the body by inflammation of the membranes of the brain or spinal cord. It attacks the nervous system. There is a certain protein on the surface of a common bacterial pathogen which will allow the bacteria to leave the bloodstream and enter the brain. This initiates beginning the infection of Meningitis.
    A few symptoms of Meningitis are severe persistent headache, Drowsiness or trouble wakening, and nausea or vomiting. However these symptoms can vary from case to case. It just depends on how severe the case is or how the human body reacts. More symptoms are joint pain, neck stiffness, and sudden high fever. You should seek medical help immediately if you have any of these symptoms.
    Meningococcal Meningitis can cause serious affects such as brain damage, paralysis, gangrene or deafness, but in serious cases it can even cause death. There is a test to confirm if you have it. For treatment the doctor may put you on antibiotics such as penicillin by an IV. They also use fluid control, oxygen therapy, acetaminophen, or blood tests.

    Taylor Lipphardt P7

  2. LainiR


    Cellulitis is a wound that is caused by the bacteria Aeromonas Hydrophila. Aeromonas Hydrophila is found in all fresh water environments and in brackish water. It can grow in extreme temperatures from 4C to 37C. The bacterium was first discovered in 1962 while researchers were looking at the causes of the eel and fish disease “red fin.” In fish and other marine life it has been associated with several diseases: tail rot, fin rot, and haemorrahagic septicaemias.

    In humans, the bacterium is transmitted through contact with contaminated water, food, soil, feces, and ingestion of contaminated fish or reptiles. The most common way of catching the bacterium is through an open wound in contaminated water. Cellulitis is when inflammation of the subcutaneous tissue occurs from contamination of Aeromonas Hydrophila.

    When contaminated with this bacteria, you can have fever and chills. If it becomes septic, then the symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. There are also some wounds much more serious than Cellulitis that can lead to amputations or even death.

  3. mrbl4ck12

    Pink Eye/Staphylococci
    Bacterial Pink eye is commonly caused by Staphylococci and Streptococci. The bacteria Staphylococci is harmless in most cases unless colonization occurs. Colonization occurs when the bacteria enters the body and starts to replicate itself. After colonization it takes on its own life and starts to feed on the body. It is also commonly caused by bacterial conjunctivitis. This happens in the eye’s mucous membrane, which extends from the back surface of the eyelids, into the fornices and onto the bulbar conjunctiva.

    Symptoms include eye pain, swelling, itching,redness and a moderate amount of discharge, usually thick and yellow or greenish colored. Discharge commonly accumulates after sleeping. Your eyes may feel ”stuck shut” from awakening considering how long you slept. Another symptom is inflammation of the eyes membranes.

    Bacterial pink eye is treated by repeated warm washcloths applied to the eyes and antibiotic eyedrops or ointment prescribed by a doctor. If you wear contacts, you should switch to glasses until your disease clears up. Cold washcloths are also effective and help reduce swelling. When wiping eye always wipe from the inside by the nose always throw away any paper towel or toilet paper you are using and always remember to WASH YOUR HANDS!


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