Heather Claiborne

Professional Biography

  • I grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley near Snoqualmie Falls with parents that both worked in science. Growing up, I spent a lot of time out in nature with my parents learning about everything from the lichens on the trees to the rocks and salmon in the water. My parents are why I became interested in science, but at a young age, I was became particularly interested in geology. I attended University of Washington where I received a Bachelor's degree in Earth and Space Science in 2008. Before I got into teaching, I worked in geology, which has always been a passion of mine. In college, I worked for a small geotechnical firm which sent me out to a variety of jobs around Washington State. After I received my bachelor's degree, I began a job in Olympia with Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Geology Division, making geologic maps. I was fortunate to be able to map the area that I grew up in and I proudly have that map hanging in my classroom. In 2013, I began the Master in Teaching program at Evergreen State College so that I could share my passion for science with children. I was fortunate to be able to do both of student teaching placements within North Thurston School District at both Nisqually Middle School and at Aspire Middle School. I am very excited to be teaching both science and robotics and sharing my appreciation for the natural world with 7th and 8th graders at Nisqually Middle School!


    • Advisory: 9:20 - 10:00
    • Period 1: 10:04 - 10:52 (Life Science)
    • Period 2: 10:56 - 11:44 (Life Science)
    • Period 3: 11:48 - 12:44 (Robotics)
    • Lunch: 12:44 - 1:14 (3rd lunch)
    • Period 4: 1:18 - 2:06 (Planning)
    • Period 5: 2:10 - 2:58 (Life Science)
    • Period 6: 3:02 - 3:50 (Life Science)