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Welcome! My name is Mrs. Potts and I have been teaching science for 12 years. I love teaching 8th graders; the 8th grade science content is so fascinating and engaging! I didn't start my career teaching, however. I received my B.S. in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology (that's a mouthful, huh?) from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and began working as a laboratory technician in several biomedical research labs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. I got to do a lot of cool stuff- I even cloned transgenic mice! However, the research life was not for me, as I longed to share my passion for my subject with others, and I soon found my calling in teaching science. In the time since, I earned my M.Ed. from Middle Tennessee State University. I love helping kids develop scientific literacy and the critical thinking skills that get them to know the joy of a lifetime of curiosity and learning about their world.
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You will need the following materials for my class:

1 folder with pockets, loose leaf paper, pencils and pens.


I expect the following in my class:

  1. Bring your folder, pencil and paper to class EVERY DAY.  If we go remote, I will expect you to complete work on paper as well as electronically.
  2. Enter the classroom SILENTLY and without talking ONE AT A TIME.  If we are virtual, you must keep your microphone muted.
  3. Begin your classwork immediately- you will have limited time to finish your bell work.  This is true if we are using Zoom or in class.
  4. Stay in your assigned space, and keep your body, hands and feet to your .  You are not to roam about the classroom, and may not move from your space without permission.  This has always been my rule, but the pandemic makes this EXTRA important.
  5. "SLANT" - and always wait your turn to speak.
  6. Do your BEST, every day!