Mrs. Nielsen grew up in Alta Loma, CA. She attended college at UC Santa Barbara where she earned her Bachelors degree in Physiology and a Masters degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She is thrilled to be teaching Chemistry at Mira Costa High School. Mrs. Nielsen loves to travel around the globe. Her hobbies include SCUBA diving, yoga, dancing, shopping, cooking, and riding her bike along the beach. She lives with her husband and two children in the beautiful city of Manhattan Beach.