Welcome to 7th grade science! My name is Dena Gifford. I graduated from Houston Baptist University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology and from the University of Houston in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Science Education as part of the iSMART program. Teaching middle school science is very exciting, because our curriculum includes such a variety of concepts. My philosophy is that learning should be fun and engaging, so I gear my class toward more hands-on, student centered activities. I feel very fortunate to be a teacher. It is wonderful to be able to help kids grow and learn each day. I am absolutely thrilled to start this school year...it's going to be fantastic!