Mathematics Teacher, August 2007 â€“ Present Milford High School, Milford, NH Chemistry/Physics Teacher, August 2004 â€“ June 2007 Marshwood High School, South Berwick, ME Coordinator/Teacher Chemistry/Physics Teacher August 1997 â€“ August 2003, Jenks High School, Jenks, OK
The purpose of public education is to prepare students to be productive citizens, solve problems, and to participate in society. Education should emphasize social interaction and learning how to cooperate with others to improve society. In order to do this trust between teacher and student is vital, the base on which all other principles rest. To obtain this trust a culture of relaxed alertness must exist in the classroom. In order to establish an emotional climate of relaxed awareness teachers must reduce any threat (perceived or real) and enhance self-efficacy. If a student believes they are safe they can express themselves and believe in their own competence. If this environment is established then other principle associated with relaxed awareness can exist. For example, the ability for group learning can take place once the student feels safe. Students can begin to make sense of their own experiences and make emotional connections if they feel they are able to express themselves. Emotional influence of any lesson or life experience may echo with the student long after the particular situation occurs. Consequently a suitable emotional climate is crucial to a positive learning experience.
JHS Student Council Teacher of the Month Nominated Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Vision of Excellence Award Recipient
CAGS School Principal New England College, Henniker, NH June 2013 M.S. Education University of New England, Biddeford, ME June 2008 Bachelor of Science The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK May 1997
â€œThough I only knew you for a short time, you were everything I ever wanted; you were my beautiful baby girl.â€ This was the first line of my memorial, written by my mother five hours after I was born. Two and a half months premature, in 1973, and weighing 2lbs, 3oz, the doctors at Maine Medical Center gave me a less than one percent chance of living through the first night. However, I did survive and have kept that determination and lust for life ever since. My desire to educate came at the age of seven. While at the dentistâ€™s office I read the magazine â€œHighlightsâ€. An article was presented on how to learn American Sign Language showing the signed alphabet. After having attended the state school for the Deaf the previous two years I was surprised every child did not know sign language. On this day I vowed to become an educator and teach everyone sign language. While this goal has morphed slightly since age seven my desire to educate has never wavered.