I am a self-described, life-long learner who enjoys keeping up to date with trends in scientific research as well as strategies for engaging students in STEM education. I spent the summer of 2016 participating in workshops at UT Austin with a focus on evolutionary biology and at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I learned new ways to guide student exploration of the molecular world. I am so excited to share what I have learned with my students in the 2016-2017 school year. Students in my classes are challenged to think critically and work collaboratively, as we weave connections between course content and the real world. Prior to Meridian, I taught undergraduate biology labs at the College of William and Mary, molecular microbiology at the U.T. Medical School in Houston, bioethics at Princeton University and cell biology and microbial pathogenesis at Southwestern University in nearby Georgetown. My goal is to provide engaging, relevant, and meaningful learning experiences for all students and to foster an appreciation and excitement for the field of biology.