Teaching science, for me, is so much more than structuring content, conducting experiments, and solving problems with students. It is about opening up all of the wonders in the world to students of all ages. I knew that I loved animals and flowers since I was a small child helping to walk the family dog and maintain the flowerbeds and vegetable gardens. My family’s summer vacations involved traveling and camping in the Midwest around the Great Lakes. Fresh water fishing, sailing and swimming only encouraged my love of the outdoors. After exploring opportunities in various science fields, I felt most at home working with students to share my curiosities about the world around me. Teaching at Penn Charter is far more than creating learning experiences for and with students. It’s about developing relationships with them; understanding their strengths, weaknesses, interests, and prior knowledge; and using all of that information to help them construct their own understandings about the world around them.