Environmental Science Teacher
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The University of Idaho: Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science; minor in Climate Change

Tennessee Technological University: Master's in Curriculum and Instruction


I worked at Gwynn Vallley Camp as a backpacking instructor for a summer. There I took teenagers on pioneering trips and educated them about backpacking safety, map skills, knot skills, environmental education, etc. 

I am also a graduate of the Project Inspire residency program that is located here in Chattanooga. This experience helped prepare me for my first year in the classroom because I gained hands on experience in a 7th grade science classroom. My residency year was completed at Tyner Middle working with an experienced teacher. 


What got me into teaching? Well there is a culmination of experiences that lead me to the path that I am currently on. When I was in college I had the opportunity to take courses in the Frank Church Wilderness Area for three months. That's right I was separated from society for three months and completely enveloped in the solitude of the wilderness! It was a beautiful experience that made me realize I wanted to work as a backpacking instructor. So that's exactly what I did, when I got hired to work for a summer at Gwynn Valley Camp near Brevard, NC. This experience made me realize how much I enjoyed working with children. At that point in my life, I decided to pursue teaching. That's when I discovered the program Project Inspire, which is a residency teaching program in Chattanooga. The idea of working in a Title One school as an environmental science teacher really attracted me. I was overjoyed to get my position at The Howard School!