I am a University of Texas (Austin), UTeach alumnus- which is a nationally recognized and replicated Science and Math teaching program across the United States. My student teaching experience provided opportunities to teach 5th - 12th grade. With that said, I've been in education as a teacher for 10 years ranging from:
• 7th grade (Life Science) and 8th grade (Earth Science)
• 9-12th Grade Biology (Regular and Pre-AP)
• 9-12th Grade Integrated Physics & Chemistry (IPC)
• 9-12th Grade Chemistry (Regular, Pre-AP, AP, and a Dual-Credit course)
For the past 3 years I served as my district's science instructional specialist. In that role I provided pedagogical support, as well as content specific professional development, to secondary science teachers at 17 high school campuses. I would say that these workshops have been overwhelmingly positive based on teacher feedback and our recent End-of-Course results in biology compared to other large urban districts in the state of Texas.
Additionally, I've worked with teacher PLCs, developed department-wide intervention plans and conducted demonstration lessons. Furthermore, I've presented at conferences across the state of Texas. If you're in Texas, catch me at the 2014 CAST Conference!
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My lessons are designed for students to build upon their prior knowledge and/or construct new knowledge through active hands-on learning experiences. I am student-centered versus teacher-centered - that is the students are doing most of the work (labs, explaining, modeling, etc.).
I like to infuse humor into my teaching, while at the same time ensuring that the curriculum and instruction provides opportunities to challenge students.
Teacher of Promise (2005);
Teacher of the Year (nominee 2009)
Graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with:
B.S. Biology / Education. M.Ed in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Instructional Leadership (Minor in Secondary Education).
I am an Army brat and have lived/traveled all over the world. In my spare time I love to go to the gym, swim, jam out to 80s music, watch movies all day on Netflix, and create items for TpT.