I am grateful to be joining the excellent STEM Lab community this year as an 8th Grade Mathematics teacher! I have a passion for teaching math, and do everything I can to spark that same appreciation for math in my students. Over the past six years I worked at an outstanding middle school right outside of Chicago, where I taught 6th and 8th Grade Math for five years before becoming the Technology Instruction Coordinator. I received my Bachelors degree from Illinois State University, where I majored in Mathematics (Secondary Education). I am currently working on my Masters degree, which is in Education as a Technology Specialist. My experiences have given me a strong understanding of where students are coming from and where they need to end up in their mathematics journey, and I will provide my students with the tools they need to feel confident before moving on to high school. In my free time I enjoy watching Chicago sports, seeing live music, hanging out with my fiance and dog, and exploring the great outdoors.