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Ms. Farmer was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. She moved to Chicago and braved its cold winters to study Forensic Science and Chemistry (with a minor in Anthropology) at Loyola University Chicago. While there, she played bass in a student-run band, started a small business, and studied abroad in France for a summer. She also did undergraduate research with a Scanning Tunneling Microscope, a machine that allows chemists to see individual atoms and molecules.

After completing her B.S. degrees, she moved back to California for a bit to study Textiles and Material Science at the University of California, Davis. While she enjoyed learning about all kinds of dyes, fabrics, and polymers, she loved teaching General Chemistry labs the most and decided to pursue teaching as a career. She returned to Loyola to earn her M.Ed. in Secondary Education.

This is her second year at Hancock High School, where she is now teaching Forensic Science and Chemistry. She hopes to show students that we can all be science people. When she is not at school, she is usually sewing, knitting, or hanging out with her beloved cat Oliver.

Teacher Office Hours:

  • Academic Lab TWO in Room 310
  • Fridays during shortened Academic Lab time
  • Before or after school, by appointment only