When I graduated SCS in 2013, I was voted by my class as “Most Likely to Return to SCS.” I never would have expected it then, but I'm back already. This year, I am teaching middle school math and science at SCS. I’m so excited for this opportunity to serve the community and explore the natural world with students.
This past May, I graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Mathematics. Attending Whitworth was a natural progression from my time at Shoreline. It continued the small community and strong academics that I loved at SCS. While at Whitworth, I traveled to both Costa Rica and Europe on study trips, peer mentored fellow students and ran supplemental instruction sessions. I worked on sage grouse research one summer which involved hiking out in the central Washington heat to categorize plants and track birds. I’ve also continued working at Woodland Park Zoo. After starting as a teen volunteer during high school, I am now in my eighth summer of working with the public and middle school students. (Let me know if you ever need a zoo tour- I’ve got a lot of good facts stored up after 8 years!)
This has been a big year for me. I got my driver’s license, got a job, and graduated all within the course of one month. While it has been a whirlwind, I’m excited for a new position in a familiar place. When I look back at my SCS experience, I remember close friendships, challenging academics, and excellent mentors. I’m looking forward to continuing the Shoreline Christian tradition with future students, though I may skip the slug licking.