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    Name: Ashley McMichael
    Email: ashley.mcmichael@slps.org
    Room Number: 224S 
    Biography:  I grew up in Anthem, Arizona.  Growing up, I was always passionate about two things: sports and science.  After playing almost every sport throughout high school, I received a basketball scholarship to Pfeiffer University in North Carolina.  This is where my love for sports helped me receive an education in science.  
    While in college, I majored in Biology and Chemistry which provided me with some amazing opportunities.  I spent the summer after my sophomore year doing cancer research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  The following summer, I worked as a field research assistant for one of my college professors studying the fossa in Madagascar.  It was actually on this trip to Madagascar that I first started thinking about becoming a teacher.
    While I was in Madagascar to conduct research on the main predator of lemurs, I also had the opportunity to partcipate in some volunteer efforts in the community.  One of my projects included going into the local school to help paint and clean.  Walking through the school, I remember thinking how happy all the kids looked to be there.  In the classrooms, kids were actively participating in lessons and appeared to genuinely like learning.  This is where I started to realize that if I became a teacher, I would be able to pass my love of science on to kids.
    After college, I joined Teach for America and moved to St. Louis.  I taught Physical Science at Vashon High School for two years before coming to Gateway STEM.  After teaching for another three years at Gateway STEM and serving as an Instructional Coach for one year, I am excited to serve you in my second year as an Assistant Principal. 
    Outside of school I enjoy cooking, traveling, camping, and spending time with my husband, Zach and little dog, Tucker.