This is my second year teaching at Willow Springs Middle School and I am so excited to dig into the curriculum and start exploring with my students! I was born and raised in a very small town in South East Missouri right on the Mississippi River called Sainte Genevieve. (Fun Fact: It's the oldest settlement west of the Mississippi!) Being from a small town, I was heavily involved in many school activities including: varsity cheerleading, dance team, yearbook, journalism, student council, show choir, women's choir, concert choir, and National Art Honor Society. As soon as I graduated from Ste. Genevieve High School in 2010, I jumped ship and traveled across the state where I attended college in Kansas City, MO (Go Royals!). I graduated with my BA in Middle School Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with an emphasis in Earth science in May 2015. I spent my first year teaching 8th grade biology in Independence, MO right outside of Kansas City and fell in love with the life science curriculum and all of the students I got to work with. I am extremely excited to have been given the opportunity to work with the seventh grade scientists here at WSMS, and cannot wait to see what new adventures we will face in the 2016-2017 school year!