I am from sunny Southern California, and moved to Maryland in 2018! I talk loudly, wear bright colors, and enjoy learning from impassioned people. My interest in science originally stemmed from athletics. I am an IronMan triathlete, outdoor enthusiast, and former competitive gymnast. As an athlete, I was curious about human anatomy and physiology, athletic injuries, and nutrition. I followed this passion, earning a B.S. in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara in 2013. Ole! In college, I worked in an Organic Chemistry lab studying radical cation chemistry and its application to natural product synthesis (Very Frankenstein-esque). I also had a transformative learning experience studying abroad in Costa Rica, where I learned about tropical diversity, ecology, and conservation. In 2015, I went back to school, and earned a Master's Degree in Teaching with Spanish Bilingual Authorization from the University of Southern California. I currently have four years of experience teaching Biology, Chemistry, and ESL, as well as coaching high school sports. I am passionate about teaching, because I want to share my love of the natural world with others, and make science content engaging and accessible to diverse student populations. I ultimately hope to help students establish a sense of responsibility for the natural world and their place within it.