Perhaps Lisa Taylor could have used her physics degree to work for Boeing, SpaceX, but the 24-year-old opted to become a teacher.
Even after graduating from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2011, she continued hearing form top-notch companies needing physicists. But her career decision was solidified when she saw her first batch of students graduate from high school.
"That was it. I was going to be a teacher for life," Taylor said. "I had three moms cry to me at graduation because their kids got full rides for physics and they couldn't afford college otherwise."
Taylor, 24, is one of the newest teachers at Huntington Beach High School. She had taught at Santa Margarita Catholic High School for two years.
"From the second day, I had students tell me that she's their favorite teacher," Assistant Principal Jason Ross said. "I've been here for 10 years and that's not something you hear a lot. It takes time for a teacher to develop a reputation and for kids to be comfortable. But Lisa has a way with kids that makes them feel excited about learning."