What inspired you to become a teacher?  My K-12 career was kind of a mixed bag. I had some awesome teachers who inspired me and invited me to wonder and question. I also had some experiences that were not great, especially in math. I grew up in a home where education and community were central, and I was always passionate about giving back. After volunteering in a special ed class while in high school, I caught the teaching bug.
Why middle school?  This is interesting because I never imagined myself teaching middle school. When I was placed in a middle school classroom for student teaching, I was so upset! Getting to see my cooperating teacher, Keisha Ferguson, in action showed me how amazing this age is. They so want to be mature and have deep conversation, while in the next breath they will wax poetic about SpongeBob. I think that middle schoolers are some of the coolest people on the planet!