This is my 5th year teaching in the Central Valley in California. I taught 7th grade life science for 3 years and high school biology for 2 years, with algebra 1 and AP Biology tossed in this year for fun.
I have a BS in biology from the University of Rochester and an MS in plant biology from Michigan State University. I was originally enrolled in the PhD program at Michigan State, but I realized that what I love about science is reading about new discoveries, figuring out how they fit with what I already know, and explaining the whole thing to other people. Hence, I became a teacher instead of a scientist.