Who is Mrs. Unghire?I grew up on a small dairy farm in rural PA (an area much like Pioneer) where my brothers and I spent the majority of our time outside. I have always loved nature and learning how things work, and considered myself a scientist from a young age! I completed my Bachelors degree in Biology at Northeastern University in Boston, MA (a big change for a farm girl!) and began my ‘official’ career as a scientist working in a research laboratory. I loved the culture of learning and having the ability to carry out my own experiments, but eventually decided that studying kidney regeneration in zebrafish (yes I know, very glamorous) would just be a temporary stop on my career path. My next job was working as an environmental scientist outside Hartford, CT, where I figured I would save the world one polluted site at a time. After a few years there, I found that consulting was more about making clients happy than being Captain Planet, and I decided to reevaluate once again. I chose a path that lead to getting my Masters in Science Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill so that I could combine my passion for science with a career where I would not only be helping people and the greater good, but where I can also spread the science love!
After starting my teaching career at a high school outside Baltimore, MD, my husband and I moved to Western NY (a little over 8 years ago) and I have been working in the district ever since!This will be my seventh year teaching 7th grade science, and I LOVE it!Though I’m a fan of all the sciences, biology is my favorite (and will be yours too - or else!)! We now live in Orchard Park in a house that predates the invention of the light bulb and indoor plumbing. I still love nature, and my family and I spend a lot of time outside – mountain biking, kayaking, camping, snowboarding – we love it all!When we’re inside you can find us snuggling with our two cats – Toby and Tillie (more on them to come) – or (attempting) to cook up a tasty dish from my grandma's cookbook.In 2015 the Unghire clan expanded with the addition of our son Bowen. As a scientist in training, he is already performing experiments on topics such as the physics of food material movement, the effects of sleep deprivation on science educators, and the maximum acceleration of adults in response to mischievous behavior.This spring, Bowen was promoted to big brother status with the arrival of our second son, Griffin. Griff is quickly learning the ropes, and has already decided to focus his studies on the reaction time of cats to an approaching threat.
I love wombats (I studied abroad in Aussie) and zombie literature (though I'm a bit of a snob - zombies can't run!). I also enjoy sewing and have a small side business selling my creations. I truly LOVE science, and it seems to find its way in to every part of my life!I’m SUPER excited for this school year, and can’t wait to get to know all of my new scientists!