6th & 7th Grade Science

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Kelly Ballard

I have always wanted to be a mother and a teacher. My son is going to be in 9th grade this year. I am very proud of him immensely. This will be my sixteenth year teaching. I graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Biology. I am certified in Secondary Education. My passion for teaching is derived from wanting my students prepared for high school and beyond. I am very excited about this school year. I am extremely blessed to be at Port Allen Middle School. Geaux Eagles!!!

7th & 8th Grade Science

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Samantha Mendenhall

This will be my 14th year at Port Allen Middle School and my 15th year as an educator. I am originally from Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from LSU in 2007.  I’m so thankful to be a part of this school and this community. I’ll be teaching 7th and 8th grade science again this year and I can’t wait. I love teaching science! I enjoy watching students explore, discover, and and have those ‘AHA’ moments into the science content each year. My hope is that students can see relationships and connections between the content and their own lives to make it more meaningful. When I’m not teaching I’m spending time with my fur babies (all 7 of them) and reading a good book. I’m looking forward to another great year!