Kelly McCarthy is a science and mathematics teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School in Coal Township, PA. Upon earning her B.S. in Physics from Penn State University in 2008, she entered and fell in love with the classroom as a Teach for America Corps member in Philadelphia. For the better part of a decade, she has worked to learn and grow as a science educator and hopes to instill her love for learning in each of her students year after year. Always looking for ways to connect her students to real world science, Ms. McCarthy has brought numerous teacher research experiences back to the classroom and was a 2014-15 recipient of NASA's Airborne Research Experience for Educators (AREE) program. Currently, Ms. McCarthy has the pleasure of teaching Physics, Environmental Science, 8th Grade Science, and a combination of secondary mathematics courses. When she is not in the classroom or facilitating after-school science & engineering clubs, Ms. McCarthy loves to travel, explore nearby hiking trails, and train for distance races. She is thrilled to embark on an Arctic mission this spring with NASA's Operation IceBridge and to connect with her students from the field during her PolarTREC expedition.