Hello! My name is McKensey Samsen and I am so very excited to join the Gerdes Junior High team this year as the 6th grade ELA teacher. I grew up in Northwest Ohio and moved to Texas with my husband in 2016. We lived in the Rio Grande Valley for three years and are loving our new home in Central Texas! I have a background in education as well as social work. In my opinion, middle schoolers are the very best students to teach! I truly care about my students and love to hear about their experiences and passions in life. My mission this year is to prepare my students for success in reading and writing through fun and engaging lessons. I have many favorite books, but the Harry Potter series is definitely at the top of the list. When I am not at school, I like to travel and kick back to watch movies at home with my husband and two cats.