Candace Nashira Finley was born December 30, 1985 in Orlando. She did her undergraduate research on soil contaminants at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2009. Later, she received a Master’s of Science in Biotechnology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where her research focused on transforming growth factors and their effects on hair cells. She then moved back to Florida and in 2011 and began working as an adjunct professor of biology and anatomy as well as a laboratory manager at Bethune-Cookman University. In 2013 she began working in the public school system, teaching science and pursuing a doctoral degree in STEM education (K-8) and in 2014 she assumed responsibility began working as a lead teacher for the ZORA! STEM Summer Program presented by The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.) Currently, she is a science teacher at Robinswood Middle School in Orlando.
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