Loyola University Chicago

Department of Anthropology

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Mikayla Tuszynski ('17)

Mikayla Tuszynski (

Mikayla Tuzsynski (middle) with one of her high school science classes at IPS.

I am a science teacher at Shortridge High School, an International Baccalaureate high school in the Indianapolis Public School district. Desiring to be a social-justice oriented teacher, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with a minor in Biology from Loyola University Chicago in 2017 to have a well-rounded background about humans, cultures and societies. I have done archaeological digs, caught 6’ sharks, learned to identify bone fragments with one of the country’s leading forensic anthropologists, and been on environmental restoration trips to Peru and Belize. I also completed my Master of Education in 2018 at Loyola, and spent my time teaching at Senn High School in the Chicago Public School district. 

Science is deeply interwoven into every aspect of life, and my highest goal is to help students use scientific knowledge to create a more equitable, safe, and socially just world. I firmly believe that to be a science teacher is to be a facilitator connecting real-world phenomena to the science behind it.