I have taught physical sciences, technology, digital media design, 3D animation, video production, and social sciences classes for 27 years. I currently teach chemistry, astronomy, Earth science, and media design classes at American Academy of Innovation in South Jordan, Utah. I am a professional graphic designer and videographer, and have won numerous awards for lesson plan design.
I believe that students should go beyond hands-on to become content creators, makers, teachers, and scientists. I teach through project-based learning using inquiry and authentic data.
Teachers for Global Classrooms exchange program. I taught science (chemistry, astronomy, and technology) classes in Borneo during the summer of 2017. Robert E. Yager Excellence in Teaching Award; National Science Teachers Association; 2015. Air Force Association National Teacher of the Year First Runner-up; 2015. Utah Geology Association Teacher of the Year; 2016. NASA MAVEN Educator Ambassador; 2015. NASA SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy( Airborne Astronomy Ambassador; 2013. Teachers Without Borders "What If?" International Competition First Place Award; 2012. Explore Mars Inc. Mars Education Challenge 3rd Place Award; 2011. NASA Explorer Schools Educator Facilitator at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; 2002-2004. NASA Solar System Educator Program; 2000-2004.
My teaching credential is from San Jose State University in California in 1990. I have a Masters Degree in Organizational Behavior from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University; 1986. I have presented at many state, regional, and national educators conferences, including the National Science Teachers Association annual conferences in 2010 - 2016.
I have edited professional videos for the Utah School Boards Association, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Utah Career and Technical Education, and various businesses in the Utah Valley area. My students and I have participated in the NITARP and MESSENGER Student Planetary Investigators program and have presented posters at the American Astronomical Society conference in Seattle in 2015 and the Lunar and Planetary Science conference in Houston in 2017. I have received two American Chemical Society Hach grants to study soil contamination in the Tintic Mining District and to explore the mining history of Nevada. My students and I created a two-hour documentary on the history of AM radio in Utah called "AM to FM: Three Decades of Radio in Utah" which aired on KUED, Utah's PBS station, in 2007. We created a video lesson plan on measuring the distance to nearby stars using trigonometric parallax for the MIT BLOSSOMS project. I have published articles and lesson plans in The Science Teacher and School Arts Magazine. I maintain two blog sites: the first is for chemistry, STEAM, and global education lessons (http://elementsunearthed.com) and the second is for astronomy lessons (http://spacedoutclassroom.com).