Dr. Margaret "Betsy" Ott has taught various Biology courses for Tyler Junior College since she moved to Tyler in 1982. While she primarily teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402), Dr. Ott occasionally teaches Biology for Non-Science Majors I & II (BIOL 1408 & BIOL 1409).
In the Fall of 2001 Dr. Ott began teaching the internet sections for Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II. She continuously updates her skills and awareness of the internet-based teaching arena, so that her online classes exemplify the best practices of distance education.
In 2004, Dr. Ott was elected President of the National Association of Biology Teachers. Dr. Ott's teaching philosophy is to "make sure you get your money's worth!" She believes that the scope of Anatomy and Physiology, coupled with the critical nature of working in the Health Sciences, requires that students strive to meet a very high level of mastery in this subject. She does her best to help each student reach that high level.
Outside of teaching, Dr. Ott's interests include keeping up with environmental issues (biodiversity, conservation), mechanisms of evolution, and science education. She earned her doctoral degree in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University with a research area of biodiversity in plantation understory.
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