Learning is about growing, which means it is a unique journey for each one of us.”

Liv’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Biology

“I am drawn to the complexity of biology. It is all about patterns, connections, and intricately complicated understandings. I appreciate that there often aren’t straightforward ‘answers’ and that a biology classroom is a space where students are challenged to think deeply and mindfully.”  

Professional Experience

Liv has an extensive background in research. Through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, she studied soil microbial ecosystems in old growth rainforests in Costa Rica with Dr. Bill Eaton from Pace University. She also worked at Washington State University as a research technician in crop and soil sciences. In this role, she managed the sample analysis pipeline for one postdoctoral researcher in soil science and another in the Sustainable Seed Systems Lab. As a research technician at the Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition, she surveyed rangelands that were recovering post-wildfire. Additionally, she completed a research internship at the Archbold Biological Station in Venus, Florida, where she worked in the Plant Ecology Lab with Dr. Eric Menges. In this role, she conducted a study on wiregrass (Aristida stricta) regrowth after prescribed burns.

Liv will begin her second year of teaching at Pullman High School during the 2021–2022 school year.  


She enjoys reading, cooking, and taking walks. 

Academic Background

  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Science)
  • Western Governor’s University Washington (Master of Arts in Teaching Science Education)