This is my 6th year teaching at Mickle Middle School, and it has been quite an adventure. Over the summer of 2018, I had the opportunity to go to Space Camp at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. It was a dream come true. I trained like an astronaut, learned new ways to incorporate technology into lessons, and met astronauts that went to the International Space Station. It is my passion to bring what I learned from these experiences back into the classroom.
Right now, I am working with other staff in our building to revamp the Mickle garden. Our hope is that it will be used as an outdoor classroom space for teachers, as well provide education and produce for the Mickle community. Please stop by and check out the progress of the garden.
In 2008, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Idaho, and later my Master’s in Teaching from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. I have been married for nine years and have a menagerie of different pets including two rambunctious cats, a hedgehog, and multiple reptiles and amphibians that are permanent residents of Mickle Middle School. Libby, Mickle’s resident therapy dog, comes with me to school daily and visits students in my classroom. I love to backpack, camp, fly fish, hike, travel, crochet, garden and can veggie’s. During the school year, I spend my free time reading, with my family, and working in both the Mickle garden and my own. Science has been my passion since I was little. I love being in the outdoors observing plants and animals, and my goal is to have students getting excited about science, whether it is through astronomy or biology.