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Aloha from Maui! Hopefully, this blog will answer some of the questions you may have about me. Yes, Davilla is my first name. It rhymes with "vanilla".

I was born and raised in Texas. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Zoology and M.S. in Natural Resources Development. After graduating, I worked as a biologist and then as an environmental consultant before moving to Hawaii.

When I was younger, I came to Maui on vacation. I fell in love! I knew that one day I would be back to live. So, I moved to Maui in 2004. Maui is an awesome place to live! (I don't think anyone would believe me if I said otherwise.) Currently, I teach 8th grade science at an intermediate school. Besides kindergarten teachers, middle school teachers have the toughest jobs - in my opinion. Despite having to deal with daily dramas, teaching this age group is so rewarding. They are extremely curious about everything, inquisitive regarding any unknowns and hopeful for the future. I call them "my kids" because they are like my own.

I consider myself a science nerd, edtech enthusiast and technology trailblazer. Integrating technology into my classroom and/or school is a high priority for me. I enjoy learning about the "latest and greatest tools" to help my students succeed in school. I am a "newbie" to teaching and edtech, but I have lots of energy and enthusiasm. This fall, I will be starting a Master's in Educational Technology through the University of Hawaii.

It is my hope that I can help math and science teachers connect with other teachers and all the great resources through MSP2. Please contact me anytime! To learn more about me, please visit my classroom website and blog. Comments are always welcome. Aloha.



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Comment by Davilla Riddle on March 15, 2010 at 12:08am
Actually, I never considered going into teaching. I loved science and wanted to have a career in the field. So, I tried just about every other avenue, but didn't love my jobs. My mother, a retired elementary teacher, suggested "trying" to teach science. I knew immediately after teaching my very first class that I had found what I was supposed to do in life. I love science and teaching kids!!
Comment by Mary Henton on March 10, 2010 at 10:53am
Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself, Davilla. I'm curious about your work as a biologist and environmental consultant. What did that look like? And what prompted you to step into teaching?

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