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                                Rep. Suzan DelBene helped students with their hands-on science experiments on Feb. 20.

Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo Rep. Suzan DelBene helped students with their hands-on science experiments on Feb. 20.

Rep. DelBene co-teaches at Stella Schola in Redmond

The congresswoman co-taught an eighth-grade science class with teacher Brigitte Tennis.

Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Medina) helped co-teach a science lesson with Brigitte Tennis on Feb. 20 at Stella Schola Middle School in Redmond.

Tennis introduced DelBene to the classroom and the science class was in session.

DelBene first shared her background story with the students, mentioning how she was a biology major in college. She initially wanted to be a veterinarian but went in a different direction than expected.

“Life sometimes takes you in a different direction and you end up doing something totally different,” DelBene told the students.

Rep. Suzan DelBene helped co-teach an eighth-grade science lesson at Stella Schola Middle School on Feb. 20. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Rep. Suzan DelBene helped co-teach an eighth-grade science lesson at Stella Schola Middle School on Feb. 20. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Moving on to the the science lesson, students had the opportunity to engage with DelBene through a hands-on activity that involved identifying which idiom best fit the chemical reaction they produced in their various experiments.

“She’s so personal and down to earth,” Tennis said. “The students can really relate to her without getting political.”

One student mentioned how she thought it was really cool to see DelBene involved in the classroom. It made her feel that she cared about what they were doing.

DelBene stated in a tweet that she had a blast co-teaching with Tennis.

Rep. Suzan DelBene led the students in a class activity identifying physical and chemical change on Feb. 20. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Rep. Suzan DelBene led the students in a class activity identifying physical and chemical change on Feb. 20. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

“It’s always exciting to see students’ curiosity and interest in learning firsthand,” DelBene tweeted.

Tennis added that it was great to have DelBene be hands on in the classroom so she knows what’s going on in public schools. DelBene has co-taught with Tennis for the last four years.

Stella Schola eighth graders had the chance to shake Rep. Suzan DelBene’s hand after class on Feb. 20. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Stella Schola eighth graders had the chance to shake Rep. Suzan DelBene’s hand after class on Feb. 20. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Rep. Suzan DelBene has helped co-teach with Brigitte Tennis for the last four years. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Rep. Suzan DelBene has helped co-teach with Brigitte Tennis for the last four years. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

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                                Brigitte Tennis helped students with their science experiments to help identify which idiom best fit the chemical reaction they produced on Feb. 20.

Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo Brigitte Tennis helped students with their science experiments to help identify which idiom best fit the chemical reaction they produced on Feb. 20.

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