I have been teaching for 27 years. I have taught Biology I, Honors Biology I, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Biology II, and AP Biology.
I teach "commando" style. My students are tired at the end of my class because I push to fill their brain with as much knowledge as possible. I try to employ varying teaching strategies throughout the class to keep my students interested and on their toes. My strength as a teacher and my love involves the lab. I have my students in the lab at least twice a week, and more if possible. I am currently teaching a Biology II Lab Techniques class where we spend about 90% of our time doing lab work.
In my years of teaching, I have been honored many times with local awards such as "Rotary Teacher of the Month", etc. I have been on many committees at the state level to write curricula and guidelines for the science courses taught in our state. I am consistently called upon to offer inservice activities in our school system. All of the above are very nice, but my favorite moments come from the students. I love the "light bulb" moments when I am teaching and see that students are catching on to the concepts. Since I teach mostly 12th graders, it is also extremely rewarding to have them come home from college the year after I taught them and have them tell me how much my class has helped them.
My undergraduate degree is in Biology. I have a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I have what is called in our state "Master's plus 30" which is 30 graduate hours above the Master's degree.
My teaching materials and products are the result of 27 years of experience. My materials are standards-based and emphasize inquiry and critical thinking skills. I offer a wide variety of materials that are solid in content, are visually attractive, and best of all, are ready to be copied and passed out to your students.