My name is Grace Ward and I’m very excited to be returning to Kampsville for another field season with the CAA Education Program! I graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology in 2014, and as an undergraduate attended field schools in Alaska and the United Arab Emirates. As a Women in Archeology intern last summer, I improved my field skills, gained invaluable experience as a teacher and supervisor, had the opportunity to present a research poster with other WIA interns at the 2014 Midwestern Archeological Conference, and deepened my own understanding of Midwest prehistory. In the past year since leaving Kampsville, I’ve explored human and environmental interactions through other lenses while volunteering with an urban forestry nonprofit in Detroit and working as an intern on a farm in Washington state. I plan on applying to graduate programs in anthropology this fall to pursue my interest in agricultural systems and human ecology. I was drawn back to the CAA Education Program this year by the incomparable blend of teaching and learning that happens here – as I continue to explore the fascinating past of the Lower Illinois River Valley, I get to pass my love of archeology on to our field school students and visitors. I can’t wait for the summer to get into full swing!