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Subjects Taught
Science 7, Science 8


For thirteen years I worked as a cardiovascular nurse technician at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. and Baptist South Hospital as a patient care technician. I returned to school in 2006 to complete my undergraduate degree in Biology. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Troy University in May of 2010. I continued my education and ended my healthcare career in fall of 2010, in order to pursue my graduate degree in Biology In July of 2013, I obtained my Master's of Science in Biological and Environmental Sciences from Troy University. I received my Alternative Masters Degree in Secondary Education in December of 2016.


 I have 3 years of experience as a graduate teaching assistant and 3 years of experience as an adjunct instructor in Biology Department at Troy University - courses taught include: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Principles of Biology, and Immunology. 

I also have five years of experience as the 7th and 8th grade science teacher at Banks School.


I am married to the love of my life. I am a mother of three (two girls and a boy) and grandmother of six beautiful girls. I graduated in 2016 from Auburn University Montgomery with an Alternative Master's in Secondary Science Education. I am starting my 6th year teaching 7th and 8th grade science at Banks School.

I am originally for Asheville, N.C. and moved to Atlanta in 1996. I lived in Atlanta, Ga. for 11 years and moved to Troy in 2007. My husband and I live in Troy, Alabama with our cats, Thunder and Subie.

I am a life-long learner and am living my dream as a science teacher. I love teaching students at this age! Watching students come to an understanding of science concepts brings my joy, especially when I see a student achieve the "Aha" moment. I encourage all of my students to become life-long learners and pursue their dreams. I am here to help them to achieve that goal.

Students, I encourage you to "Be your Best and Nothing Less". Parents, I thank you for allowing me to teach science to your middle school student. 


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