Meet a New Teacher

Elizabeth Cumberbatch, Middle School Science


Q: Describe yourself in three words.

A: Patient. Funny. Spiritual.

Q: Why did you choose to teach science?

A: I have been intrigued by science since I was in elementary school. I went on to study health sciences in college because of my passion for medicine. Thus, teaching science was a natural choice for me. I have always loved learning how and why things happen. Plus, it's such a treat to see students light up about the same things that intrigue me.

Q: Why Trinity?

A: I attended Trinity as a student from 1st grade to 8th grade. I saw then how special of a place it was, so I wanted to come back and help make it special for other kids like me.

Q: How do you motivate your students?

A: The best way to motivate kids is to remind them of their strengths, even when their weaknesses are being revealed. I like to remind them of what they have already accomplished and mastered to feel capable of overcoming their current challenge.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: I am currently finishing up The Vanishing Half.

Q: What is the last movie or TV show you watched?

A: I just started this new show that my cousin recommended to me called Crime Scene Kitchen. The contestants have to guess what was baked based on the remnants left in the kitchen, and then they must replicate the same dish. It's great!

Q: What do you love doing in your spare time?

A: I love baking, and I actually own a cake shop. I also love playing soccer and skateboarding. 

Q: Tell us about your favorite teacher.

A: Not sure I have a favorite teacher, but fun fact: I had Mrs. Weiss as my middle school English Teacher, Mrs. Malcolm as my Spanish teacher, Mrs. Horan as my science teacher, and Mrs. Herron as my art teacher.

Q: What is your favorite Austin landmark?

A: My favorite landmark or place in Austin is Zilker. It's one of the first places I played soccer as a little kid, and I still play pick up there every week. It's such a peaceful and gorgeous place.