What Mrs. VanKirk loves most about Memorial are the staff members and students. She also likes teaching science because it's so important in the current world. Although she was supposed to be a language arts teacher, she likes teaching science better. She enjoys going to nature preserves to see all of the scenery. She said that her favorite science experiment to teach is the lettuce leaf lab.
Mrs. VanKirk's most memorable year of teaching was the year she met her husband, Mr. VanKirk, an 8th grade social studies teacher. The VanKirks have two children and one pet. Their daughter Sophie is 15 and a sophomore Jonathan Alder. Their son Reed is 12 and in seventh grade. They also have a family cat, Nala, who is 3.