My love for teaching started at a young age. It started with helping neighboring classmates with learning material and eventually evolved into teaching lower division undergraduates microbiology and immunology as a teaching assistant during my junior and senior year of college at North Dakota State University. Working with and learning from the instructors of those courses inspired me to continue teaching. Shortly after graduating with my B.S. in microbiology, I began a position at the University of Minnesota, teaching general chemistry laboratories as a teaching specialist. I loved being in that classroom because I saw how much potential each student harbored. I never wanted to stop teaching, but I realized I wanted to have more authority in designing the coursework, and I also wanted to lead lectures. I knew in order to achieve these goals, I would need to earn a PhD. For this reason, I earned a Master's degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education at the University of Kentucky and enrolled at Auburn University in a Biological Sciences PhD program. For exact details concerning my teaching experience, please see my CV on the home page. On this page, you will find lessons I have used in the classroom as well as sweet or inspiring stories that keep my love of teaching strong.