I am so excited to introduce myself to the Hanger Hall community. I began my journey with Hanger Hall in January 2008 as the math teacher. While I loved teaching math, I knew I found my perfect fit when I became the science teacher in 2009. My passion is in the sciences, but I love introducing the undeniable relationship between math and science to my students (especially when teaching physics)! After three wonderful years as the science teacher, my family and I decided to move to east Tennessee for my husband’s new job. In 2015, I was thrilled to move back to the Asheville area and once again come to work at this incredible school.
My science background includes a B.S. in environmental science and a minor in biology from UNC-Chapel Hill. I also have a Masters in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston. My work experiences include being an outdoor environmental educator in the state of Washington, a field biologist with a sea turtle monitoring program in Hawaii, a wilderness therapy instructor in western North Carolina, and a researcher for the USDA-Forest Service in Charleston, South Carolina.
One of my favorite things about the middle school curriculum is the wide variety of topics covered including astronomy, human biology, environmental science, and chemistry-just to name a few! We will be delving into the scientific method right away with many exciting experiments. Part of science and the scientific method is asking questions, and I encourage my students to do the same. My students should expect to get outside since we will be taking advantage of the nearby botanical gardens and creek across the street. I am so excited for the school year to begin to meet everyone and share with you what I love!