I have always had a passion for History (I know, all History Teachers say that), but I mean it! My parents would frequently take me to museums so I could explore all the artifacts, and we soon became regulars at every museum in the LA area that participated in "Free Tuesdays". However, I found history in the classroom to be boring and stuffy. It wasn't until I was in my second year at UC Santa Cruz that I realized that researching past cultures and events could be relevant and fun. I switched my major from Literature to History, and ended up graduating a year early (I enrolled in as many History classes as I could get my hands on!). Thinking I wanted to be a Museum Curator, I followed my passion to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. I worked there for several years until I realized that I could make more of a difference within the classroom, so I went back to school. While simultaneously working as a long term substitute and test proctor at my local high school, I enrolled in and attended USC's Rossier School of Education on a partial scholarship and graduated with my Masters Degree in Teaching. I have experience teaching a wide variety of Social Science areas including Global Issues, Modern World History, U.S. History, and Human Geography. I am excited to be joining the team here at the SAE as the new 7th grade World History Teacher, and hope to inspire a new generation of historians!