I have 16 years of teaching experience and curriculum development, having taught in high school for most of that time. I have extensive experience in teacher professional development primarily with middle and elementary school teachers. Most of the professional development is geared toward an inquiry approach to teaching and learning, with a great deal of emphasis of changing the beliefs of appropriate instruction that will maximize student achievement. Currently, I am the program director for GK-12 at the University of Central Florida, conducting professional development for ninth grade science teachers and research scientists, utilizing an inquiry pedagogy.
Scientific inquiry is the best way to teach and learn because it engages students in their own critical thinking and problem solving. Instead of teachers "telling" students what to do, the students construct their own meaning from the lessons. I utilize an ABC - CBV approach: Activity Before Concept, Concept Before Vocabulary. This is an approach that is opposite of what most teachers traditionally use in their classrooms. However, it is most effective for student learning.
*Radio Shack National Teacher Award, 2002 *Teacher of the Year, 1998 *Received multiple local grants and awards
Graduated from Ohio State Univeristy, 1990
I have developed curriculum called Hank and Hannah: The Hurricane Hunters for Orlando NBC affiliate WESH, that is available at www.wesh.com. I also appear on digital weather channel NBC Weather Plus that is currently carried in over 90 markets as part of their Weather Plus University, where we explain the science behind the weather. Archives can be accessed at www.nbcweatherplus.com/university/index.html. In addition, professional development is availble for much of my developed curriculum at www.inquiryinstitute.org .