Ms. Pluchar graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2016 with Bachelors of Science in Forensic Science and Anthropology. While there, she worked as a Teaching Assistant for Forensic Pattern Evidence and Human Osteology courses. As part of her osteology duties, she interned at the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office assisting in casework and the Field Museum of Natural History working in the Repatriation department.
After graduating, Ms. Pluchar began volunteering in a forensic science class at Evanston Township High School. She then attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where she worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Forensic Science Department. Through this, she was able to work with the Illinois State Police, the McCrone Research Institute, and the American Forensic Toxicology Laboratory. In 2021, she was fortunate to be placed as a student teacher at Hancock. Later that year, she completed her Masters of Education in Science Education and her Masters of Science in Forensic Science. Her thesis work examined indentations produced by photocopiers to determine if this is an analytical process that could be used in forensic document analysis.
Ms. Pluchar began full time teaching at Hancock in 2021. She teaches biology and forensic science, sponsors the Yarn Club, and coaches Track and Field.