I am a science teacher at a public school in Texas. Our school hosts a science magnet program within the general population- about 1/3 of our students are science magnet students who are accepted into the program through an application process that focuses on passion for science over grades. This gives me a great opportunity to teach a variety of young scientists. I have been teaching for 14 years, and am currently teaching 7th grade science as well as PreAP/GT biology for high school credit to 8th graders. My educational background is marine biology, and my favorite sciences are the life sciences. However, I am a crafter/tinkerer/maker and I sponsor monthly engineering design challenges at my school. I really enjoy coaching my science teams: Science Olympiad and Science Bowl teams. I also co-coached our T.A.R.C. rocket club for seven years, but "retired" this year to be able to enjoy some new adventures. I am a life-long learner and am current enjoy taking college courses throughout the year at Rice University, including geological systems and bioengineering. I have worked extensively with Texas A&M University at Galveston with their Education Outreach in helping to develop, advertise, implement, and coordinate summer camp programs for students interested in medicine and in veterinary medicine. In my free time, I love to read, kayak, hang out at the beach, play with my dogs, grow things, take pictures of flowers and fungi, and spend time with my very supportive, loving, and patient family.