chemistry set but eighth-grader Sally was fascinated.
"I remember the alcohol lamps with wicks, watching things
into a beaker full of a white solid substance. "Suddenly, there was a
black volcano of steam and smoke I was hooked!"
has made it her life's mission to share her passion with students
including local girls, who may also be harboring a love of science.
electrical engineers. However, despite her new-found love of chemistry,
she couldn't envision a scientific future for herself. "I didn't see myself
as able to do science," recalled Quast. "I had no role models who said,
`You can do this.' "
soon as her chemistry professor encouraged her to major in chemistry,
she knew she had found her field. And Quast knew she wanted to
teach ever since she tutored another Latin student in high school.
"There's something magical about knowing something and being able
to share it."
Angeles. She was awarded a National Science Foundation grant in
chemistry, and earned an M.S. from the University of Notre Dame.
always drawn to teaching. "I did coursework for a Ph.D., but I didn't
want to do research. I wanted to teach." And she was particularly
drawn to teaching at the community-college level.
about how great it was for him, as an adult, to be able to go back to