I started teaching in 1999. Over my career I have taught 6th grade through 12th grade. I've taught Biology and Chemistry at all those levels, and have taught Physics at the middle school level. My teaching experience has mainly been in international schools where students often are second language learners. Thus, I am interested in content literacy in science, and the accessibility of texts to students.
I approach teaching as a relationship-based endeavor: a student who is understood for their unique abilities and talents is a student who wants to improve and grow. Gaining trust is an integral part of teaching. So are patience, meeting students where they are in their development, and believing in their ability to progress from that point.
No official honors. Every thank you from a student, parent, or colleague is an honor.
My undergraduate degree in Biology was accompanied by a minor in Philosophy. I loved my Philosophy of Biology class as much as my research thesis in Neurobiology. I was, and still am, excited by Neurobiology in almost any form. I earned a Masters in Science Education six years later, and still try to live up to those master teachers who mentored us. The History of Science courses I took during that degree sparked a love of the story behind doing science. My education continues with professional development: I highly recommend the American Museum of Natural History's courses for educators.
I love reading, especially non-fiction. I cook and bake constantly (to the great delight of my students when I share). I enjoy singing in a choir, and doing yoga. I walk in the woods whenever possible, and I adore birds and dogs in equal measure.