ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (WCCO) — Jessica Espy loves the challenge of teaching advanced placement chemistry at Mounds View High School.

“I’m learning every day, they teach me a new way to approach something, they ask me questions that I don’t know the answers to, so it’s a lot of fun to learn from them,” she said, speaking about her students. “I have always wanted to become a teacher, I didn’t know what level I wanted to teach but I fell in love with the community of high school students and how I can help build them into good citizens.”

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Espy credits her aunt for her passion for science.

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“She was a scientist at the National Lab in Mexico and she would come to me while she was younger and do experiments with me when I was a kid and that is where my inspiration and passion grew,” she said.

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Espy has endless energy and enthusiasm when it comes to her students and that is why she is an Excellent Educator.