Meet Ms. McKinley
I grew up in DeWitt, Michigan and was very active in high school. I was in competitive cheerleading, track, choir, and was in several school plays as well. I was Valedictorian of my high school, and always made education a priority in my life as it opens doors for you in the future. I graduated from the Honors College and the College of Education at Michigan State University with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I have been teaching science at Mattawan High School since 2008, and taught science at other schools previous to coming to Mattawan. While at MSU I was on the Equestrian Team and traveled to different states to compete.
I am passionate about the environment and animals.
I love horse-back riding, hiking, downhill skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, mountain
biking and traveling to the far corners of the world. I have been
to Kauii, Hawaii, Alaska, Switzerland and the Caribbean. I have a
cat and a leopard gecko. Just a note about leopard geckos, they can
live for 15 years in captivity, so don't get one unless you really
want it!! I did a study abroad through MSU in Switzerland and spent three weeks camping and hiking the Swiss Alps. It was an amazing experience and I encourage students to take advantage of any study abroad opportunities they may have. I also worked at Dow Corning in a chemistry lab for a summer as part of the "New Era Teacher" program to give teachers the opportunity to experience the industry side of science and get real world experiences related to science. I am currently working on a master's degree in Biology from Michigan State University. I love science and look forward to sharing my passion with you!
Ecology Lab at MSU
My friend and I at Michigan State University dressed up in waders during
Ecology lab before
wading around in the Red Cedar River testing water quality and searching
This was right after the ice had melted, and the water was just above
You really have to love science to jump in the river in the middle of
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs.
Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because
what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~Howard Thurman
MSU Switzerland Study Abroad
Below are pictures from my trip.
That's me hiking down Mt. Rigi, Switzerland.
This is me in Zermatt. The white mountain
the background is the Matterhorn.
Mount Schilthorn, Switzerland
Schilthorn trail - quite scary
We hiked down the entire mountain from an elevation
of 10,000 ft.back
to our camp at 2,000 ft.
MSU Study Abroad Group
One day while we were shopping in
Zermatt we heard the ringing of bells
in the distance. To our suprise, a herd of goats was coming through town.ro
Sunset in Swiss National Park
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