This semester I will be teaching Earth and Space Science (a semester long course), as well as Genetics the first 9 weeks, and Zoology the second 9 weeks. During this time of "Corona Academy", the BEST way to keep up with current class information is through THIS WEBSITE. Follow the below directions to sign up for Zoology and/or Earth and Space Science. I will be using my work email and Remind to communicate. In order to reach me the fastest, please send me an email. You may return completed assignments by emailing it to me or sending it to me via Remind.
Text the following codes to 81010 for Spring Semester, 2020:
Earth and Space Science @leweas2020
***If you are in my ZOOLOGY class, because this is only a 9 weeks course you MUST do the work in order to earn credit for the course (1/2 credit). If you are a senior and you do not need the course or if you prefer to take this course next year in person, you have the option to drop the class. If you decide to do this, please contact me via email ASAP so I can let the counselor know. Also, printed packets are the same as online packets. If you have access to the electronic version, you do NOT need a printed packet.***
- Monday April 6: What is Zoology?
- Tuesday April 7: Video about Zoology
- Wednesday April 8: Synopsis of how living things are classified/organized
- Thursday April 9: Animal Kingdom Classification Chart.jpg
- Thursday April 9: Phylum Porifera
- Thursday April 9: Video on Sponges (Porifera)
- Tuesday April 14: Phylum Cnidaria
- Tuesday April 14: Video on Jellyfish (Cnidaria)
- Wednesday April 15: Phylum Nematoda
- Wednesday April 15: Video on Nematodes
- Thursday April 16: Virtual dissection of a Sea Anemone (Phylum Cnidaria)
- Friday April 17: Virtual dissection of a round worm (Phylum Nematoda)
- Tuesday April 21: Phylum Annelida (Earthworms are in this category. I LOVE earthworms! My son and I go "worm hunting" just to catch them, create a "worm farm", and then let them loose again...unless we go fishing!)
- Wednesday April 22: Incredible video about Annelids
- Thursday April 23: Phylum Platyhelminthes (This Phyla scares me because they include tapeworms which totally gross me out. There are differing reports, but it has been said that tapeworms as long as 5-82 feet have been extracted from a human being. Either way these "little" guys are disgusting and can wreak a lot of havoc along their path!)
- Friday April 24: Snail battles for his life against a flatworm
- Monday April 27: Phylum Arthropoda: this is a cool Phylum - it includes insects, milli/centipeds, crabs, lobsters, crawfish, arachnids, scorpions, etc. Who's ready for a crawfish boil?!
- Tuesday April 28: Video about Arthropods from an expert at an "Arthropd Zoo"
- Tuesday April 28: National Geographic Video - The Giant Centipede (an arthropod)
- Tuesday April 28: Big Wilderness Video: Millipede vs Centipede (arthropods)
- Tuesday April 28: National Geographic Video: Hornet from Hell (an arthropod)
- Tuesday April 28: BBC Video: Crabs exchange shells (an arthropod)
- Wednesday April 29: Class Insecta from Study.com
- Thursday April 30: Virtual dissection of an earthworm - Phylum Annelida (we would have dissected an earthworm in class)
- Friday May 1: Virtual dissection of a grasshopper - Phylum Arthropoda (we would have dissected a very large grasshopper in class)
I would love to see what you are working on! If you are in Zoology and you have pictures of your work or of any cool animals you have run across, or if you are in Earth and Space and you have completed the experiments we have suggested, please send me pictures! Or you can post them and tag us with @TheBurgScience and #TeamDCS on Twitter!
In a nutshell...
How I got where I am today...
I am a native Tennessean and was born and raised in Jackson, TN. I am blessed with some of the best parents on the planet, incredible siblings, and great friends. I had a wonderful high school experience at Jackson Central Merry High. After high school I attended college at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS and earned a B.A. in Christian Studies with a double minor in Communications and Psychology. I married my high school sweet heart in 2005, just two weeks after graduating from MC. We then moved to Oxford, MS so my husband could pursue his masters in Accounting and since I was still uncertain about my own career path, I started working as a Pharmacy Technician at Baptist Hospital. In 2006, I decided to attend nursing school at UTHSC in Memphis, TN. In just 16 months I earned my B.S. in Nursing and began working as a Registered Nurse in 2007. After 9 years of bedside nursing working mostly in the Well Baby Nursery and Cardiac Step Down units, I just needed a change. I was a stay at home mom for a year and then decided to start doing some substitute teaching. To be honest, I was quite surprised when I ended up falling in love with teaching! In 2018 I enrolled in the accelerated degree program at TMI through Ole Miss. I earned my teaching license in September 2019. Then I became the long-term substitute for the Zoology classes here at Lewisburg. I earned my Biology teaching endorsement in March and I am so excited to now be a full-time Science teacher here at LHS!
All because two people fell in love...
I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Virgil, for 15 years this May. We met at church camp in Arkansas when I was just 14 years old! I married into an amazing family who has accepted me as one of their own from the very beginning.
We welcomed our first daughter, Ashlynn, in 2007. Our second daughter, Emmalee (Emma), was born in 2009. Elijah (Eli), our son, was born in 2013. My kids are my world. I am also lucky to be an Aunt to 3 nephews and 2 niece that I absolutely adore. We also have several pets...a German Shephard/Lab mix named Maximus, a Miniature Dapple Dachshund named Dottie, a beautiful Maine Coon Cat named Oliver, and Calico named Callie.
that I knew how to play the violin, that I could dance, and that I lived closer to my siblings (my brother Cooper is a musician/videographer in Nashville and my sister is a farm wife in South Dakota)
A few of my favorite things:
Mexican food/Seafood/Chick-fil-a, Dr. Pepper, basketball, water sports, the TN river, a long boat ride, fishing, home science experiments with my children, Broadway performances at the Orpheum, spending time with my family, traveling, Fall, photography, intentionally embarrassing my kids, gardening, playing the piano, and reading a good book when I get the chance. And I LOVE being a PATRIOT!
Education and Experience
Education: B.A. in Christian Studies, B.S. in Nursing, Teach Mississippi Institute Certificate
Experience: 1.5 years of substitute teaching through Kelly Services; however, this year (2020) is my first experience as a full-time teacher. Previously worked as an RN for almost 10 years.
Endorsement(s): I have endorsements to teach Health, Social Studies, Speech Communications, and Biology
Earth and Space Science Assignments:
- Monday April 6: Earthquakes 101
- Tuesday April 7: Bill Nye Plate Tectonics
- Wednesday April 8: Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics
- Thursday April 9: Volcanoes 101
- Tuesday April 14: Formation of the Rocky Mountains
- Wednesday April 15: Make your own volcano
- Thursday April 16: National Geographic Article - Most Dangerous U.S. Volcanoes
- Friday April 17: Documentary - Yellowstone Deadly Supervolcano