Some of you have met and know me while most have not. I wanted to share with you all the bit of great news that I received this week, but first a little back story. I'm 27 and have been out of college for 5 years. I was pre-med and majored in biochemistry. I applied to med school, was wait-listed, and then denied. During my preparation for a second application cycle I found fly fishing and had many important life experiences. This led me to the realization that a doctor's life was not for me. I had no doubt I could make it in and through medical school, but I didn't want to be on call and didn't want to work 60-70 hours every week for life. The only problem was that I had no clue what I wanted to do. All the while I was working as a scientist at UW, where I still am. Through luck and searching for extra income to pay for fly fishing, I stumbled in to a side job leading biodiversity fieldtrips for college freshmen. I got to choose and plan my trips, so of course we went to local rivers and looked at aquatic insects in all life stages. These trips and subsequent evaluations from students sparked the thought about teaching as a career. I really didn't know much about teaching so i set out to learn. I started getting up early and going to a local high school to volunteer in a biology classroom before going to work and loved it. I had fun helping the kids learn about the living world and was able to incorporate many of my passions, fly fishing, the natural world, scientific research, genetics, and just being in a social environment. After many hours in the classroom and talking to teachers and people in my life I figured out that teaching would be perfect for me. I know teaching isn't easy and that there are long hours involved in that profession as well, but a teachers schedule should allow for more recreation than a med student or resident's schedule would. It took a lot of work to prepare an application to a master's program, I had to take state board exams, take 20 college credits of science classes to fill out some holes left over in the admission requirements, numerous long days of work plus volunteering plus tutoring high school students. I've had a lot of people in my life provide encouragement and support along the way, some of them members here. In part because of those people I was accepted in to UW Bothell's Master's of Education- Secondary teaching program this week. I'm excited about the next phase of my life and thrilled to finally be on a path to a steady career. The program is part-time evenings and starts in September. I'll be working full-time at UW and going to school for a year, then I'll stop working when I start student teaching fall of 2015 and with any luck be a certified teacher by March 2016. I hope to teach exclusively biology, although I will have a general science cert and be able to teach any science grades 7-12. To those that have supported and encouraged me along the way, thank you. To those who I haven't had the pleasure of meeting or speaking with yet, thank you for reading. If any of the current teachers out there have words of advice, I will be all ears!