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2016 HERO-T Fellows


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Melissa Bills: My name is Melissa Bills.  I was born in Lima, Peru but have been a native Virginian since 1989.  I attended Virginia Tech as a Pre-Vet student, eventually switching to education after tutoring at a local middle school and realizing how much I enjoyed teaching.  Since then, I have loved teaching middle school Life Science for 10 years.  I am a National Board Certified Teacher and have a true love for anything related to Biology.  I feel so lucky to be part of the HERO-T program, allowing me experience working in a lab with genuine scientists conducting research.  I hope to use this opportunity to continue sharing my love of Biology with my students in an authentic and exciting way!



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Eric Byers: Eric Byers is a fourth year Science teacher at Highland Springs High School. He has taught Earth and Space Sciences, Oceanography and AP Environmental Science. He also serves as the Earth Science team lead, Boy’s Tennis Coach and Envirothon Coach.  He attended Virginia Tech for his Bachelors of Science in Natural Resources Conservation and Virginia Commonwealth University for his Masters of Teaching. In addition to being named a First Year Teacher of the Year runner up, Eric received the Conservation Teacher of the Year from the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District.  In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, canoeing and hiking. Eric’s favorite part of teaching, seeing students succeed and learn the value of hard work and being focused to achieve their goals.  He is looking forward to the HERO-T program as a way to learn and use research in the classroom to help students make valuable connections and gain interest pursuing careers science.



 SheAnna McCloud

SheAnna McCloud: Hello my name is SheAnna McCloud, and I am currently a biology teacher at Highland springs high school in Henrico county. I have been teaching for almost four years now, and I can truly say it is one of the most rewarding careers. I studied at Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in biology. I also received my Masters of Teaching degree in Secondary Science Education from the same university. Science in its purest form, understanding life and the world around us, has always been a passion of mine. As a teacher I strive to evoke this same excitement and curiosity of the natural world in the hearts and mind of the students I work with every day.



Paula Noble




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Jason Riley


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Jessica White


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