This is my Sixth year teaching at PJHS and I am thrilled with my decision to teach middle school! I love teaching at this school and being part of the cat family. I am excited about the new group joining us. I know you are all nervous, but don't worry, we are all in this together. We have worked so hard to prepare a fantastic year that will hook you into science. We have a fantastic Makerspace Science Lab that students will get to spend so much time in with amazing hands on investigations designed to make you fall in love with a subject you didnt even know you liked yet! 7th grade science is life science, so this year is going to be an eye opening year. Life Science is all around us and in us and on us. It is an exciting field full of new and old infomation and expanding understanding. We will study Ecosystems, Structure and function of living orginisms, and the Genetic Macherny that that makes our word so diverse. It is an amazing time to learn this introduction to life science with lessons we hope you will remeber. Before I came to Prattville, I was an Assistant Instructor for several university level science courses ranging from freshmen to seniors and science for non majors. While in the Ph D. program I received a fellowship from the Howard Hugh’s Medical Institute as a mentor to undergraduate students. I received a travel scholarship from the American Association of Immunologist to present a poster at a Dendritic Cell conference. I also, received another travel scholarship from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science to present a poster during a national conference. Additionally, I presented to the National Institute of Health on a protocol I developed. I was also awarded a scholarship to attend a summer course in Philidephia on immunology. During 2013, I was a National Institute of Health Fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Surgery Department. They have all been wonderful experiences however, teaching is where my heart is. I could not be happier then in my classroom teaching these amazing Prattville Jr Highschoolers.