Meet Miss Gurganus

My name is Kyla Gurganus, and I have been teaching at Lincoln High School for eighteen years (since Fall 1999).  I graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Michigan University in 1997 with a B.A. in professional chemistry with honors in general studies.  I received my teaching certificate in 1999 and am certified to teach chemistry and mathematics in grades 6-12 in Michigan.


School doesn't end for teachers!  I completed my Master's Degree in Children's Literature at Eastern Michigan University in 2005; now I am taking occasional workshops and summer programs.


I have lived in Michigan for many years, but I was born in Florida.


I am a member of  Crossroads Community Baptist Church (a Southern Baptist church) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and teach Sunday School there (kindergarten class).  I am also very active in Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection.


Professionally, I am a member of the American Chemical Society, Metro Detroit Science Teachers Association, Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Phi Kappa Phi, the National Science Teachers Association, American Modeling Teachers Association, the Michigan Education Association, and the National Education Association.

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Favorite Books:

I love to read and especially enjoy travel books and romance novels.  Here are a few of the hundreds of books I just adore (in no particular order):

The Mark of Conte by Sonia Levitin

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (especially book 4)

The Last Arrow by Marsha Canham

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

The Born in Fire trilogy by Nora Roberts

Sweet Liar by Jude Deveraux

Jackaroo and On Fortune's Wheel by Cynthia Voigt

How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill

Made in America by Bill Bryson

Women of the Republic by Linda K. Kerber
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne

Europe Through the Back Door by Rick Steves (and most of his other guidebooks)

Feed by M.T. Anderson
Holes by Louis Sachar Texas Destiny, Texas Glory, and Texas Splendor by Lorraine Heath

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Favorite Food:


Favorite TV Shows:

Still in Production:

Survivor, Amazing Race, Rick Steves' Europe, Project Runway, Top Chef

Past Favorites:

Northern Exposure, Due South, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Road to Avonlea, Going to Extremes, The Red Green Show

Favorite Networks:

The Food Network, The Travel Channel, HGTV, The History Channel, PBS

Favorite Sports:


amateur figure skating (favorite skaters: Midori Ito; Wenjing Sui and Cong Han; Patrick Chan), pro tennis, Tour de France, almost all Olympic sports, hockey


step aerobics, Zumba, water aerobics, yoga, volleyball, walking, biking, swimming


I love to travel and have taken a big trip every year since I started teaching.  I am working on websites for all my trips but here are a few of them:

2000: Europe on my own
2001: Europe with my sister
2002: Ireland
2003: Las Vegas; Togo, West Africa; and Walking the Mackinac Bridge
2004: Grand Canyon; Mall of America; Alaska and Seattle; New York City; Caribbean cruise
2005: Yellowstone; Québec, Prince Edward Island, and Maine; Glacier National Park; Caribbean cruise
2006: Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, and England/Wimbledon, Christmas cruise

2007: Hawaii cruise, Oxford and Scandinavia, Portugal, Zion National Park

2008: Hong Kong; San Francisco; Avignon and Nice, France

2009: Madrid, Spain; New Orleans; France and Spain

2010: Cruise to Yucatan, Mexico; China; road trip east; Christmas cruise

2011: Andalusia, Spain; road trip to Orlando and Washington, D.C., Niagara Falls, Christmas cruise

2012: Berlin and Dresden, Germany; Italy and the Netherlands

2013: San Diego; Costa Rica; Western NY State; Christmas cruise

2014: Northern Italy; Vicksburg road trip

2015: Idaho; Cumberland Gap; Amicalola Falls; Tuscany and Rome; Fort Lauderdale

2016: Boston, Colorado

2017: Athens, Greece; South Dakota; France; Frankfurt, Germany

2018: Colonial Virginia

Questions?  E-mail:

Telephone: (734) 484-7000 ext. 7655

Room Number: 1403

Address: 7525 Willis Road, Ypsilanti, MI  48197

Last Updated: June 28, 2018