A few days ago I was walking down to the science lab, pondering Mrs. Thielen’s fervent desire for this article. (“Did you know you can get a giant squid for $50!?”) I found Mr. Saunders going over some psychology with a student, just one of the many science courses he teaches. When I told him why I was there he laughed maniacally, strode across the room, and opened the fridge.
Inside was a jar of Dijon horseradish mustard, an avocado turkey club, 1% milk, and right beside the Minute Maid juice, a dead pig. “I was kind of sick of people putting their lunches in my fridge, so I thought a dead pig might keep ’em out,” he said.
Yep, for Mr. Saunders, NLA zoology teacher, it’s that time of year again. Time to open the catalog of deceased animals and order a few dead pigs, some unplucked pigeons, and maybe a shark or two. “I consult the Carolina Biological Supply, my catalog of dead animals.”
All-in-all he enjoys teaching zoology, although he does have to replace the tools sporadically. “Yeah I have to replace the scalpels every now and then. They tend to break when you’re trying to pry open shark cartilage or pig skulls.”
Abbey Millerbernd (11) is one student who is excited for the class, which runs every other year. “When we dissected frogs and cow eyes in elementary school it was interesting and I’ve always wanted to do more with dissecting. I like looking at the insides of animals. Sorry to all the vegetarians out there!”
Mr. Saunders agreed. “When you get into it, and kind of get past the stigma of what you’re doing, it’s really interesting. Like when you get to see how the lungs expand and the tendons work, it’s cool.”
Editor’s note: You can totally get a squid for under $50.