I am originally from Minnesota and spent much of my childhood with my grandparents in rural Michigan. After I graduated high school the mountains were calling so I moved to Wyoming for college. During undergrad, I was a storer’s scholar and completed a 2 week training at Teton Science School. That experience introduced me to place based learning and got me interested in outdoor education. I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s in biology and education. I worked as a research scientist during and after undergrad researching how intrinsically disordered proteins function in stem cells. I am going into my 5th year teaching science for grades 5-8. Every year I look forward to taking each of my classes up to Casper Mountain for a day or two of outdoor learning. My husband and I welcomed our daughter this spring and have been enjoying our time with her this summer.