Mrs. Westmoreland graduated from Western Michigan University in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, she began her career as a Design Engineer at Parker Aerospace in Kalamazoo Michigan. During her tenure at Parker, Mrs. Westmoreland worked on the design and development of a variety of hydraulic aerospace products such as accumulators, landing gear door actuators, and a thrust reverser actuation system. She also had the opportunity to work with many multinational aircraft and engine manufacturers including Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, Boeing, Gulfstream, and Pratt and Whitney.
Although she enjoyed working as an engineer, Mrs. Westmoreland always had a passion for education and a desire to teach. In 2014, Mrs. Westmoreland was provided the opportunity to pursue her passion when granted the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship and began her Masters of Art in Teaching at Western Michigan University. After a yearlong internship teaching Math and Physics at Innovation Central High School, Mrs. Westmoreland received her teaching certificate and eagerly began her new career. After relocating with her family to Grand Rapids from Kalamazoo, Mrs. Westmoreland served her first year teaching Math and Physics at Ottawa Hills High School in 2015. Her interest and experience in the Aerospace industry and STEM education led her to West Michigan Aviation Academy and she is thrilled to be a part of such an amazing school.
Mrs. Westmoreland is excited to share her industry knowledge, talents, and experience teaching within the Grand Rapids community to support the students, staff, and families at WMAA. Most of all, she is looking forward to learning and growing with her students this year.