I have a wealth of science education experiences ranging from the elementary school to university level and in a diversity of settings, such as outdoor classrooms, farms, and ecology centers. I have taught high school English for 3 years and most recently middle school for 4 years (with a combination of language arts, social studies, and science). I have a Master's of Science in soil science and have 3 published papers and numerous conference presentations in STEM education. I am a North Carolina licensed teacher with over 15 years experience as a tutor, teacher, and curriculum designer. I spent 2+ years as a teaching assistant for university classes and as a designer of university curricula focused on innovating university science education. :)
I love science and the humanities. I love engaging with youth and having a good time doing it. I like to tell jokes (even if they're corny) to my classes and make lessons interesting by incorporating multimedia, or movement, or cool connections to other topics. I am a firm believer in public education, in the democratic and positive effects of education, and that by teaching all students with compassion and social equity, we make society better for all as we advance together.
Individual Awards • PRISM Science Teaching Award, from Burroughs Wellcome (sic) Fund, 2012 • Student Travel Award, from Faculty of Land and Food Systems , UBC ($400), 2008, 2009 • Faculty of Graduate Studies Student Travel Award, UBC ($500), 2008 • Canadian Soil Science Society Student Travel Award ($500), 2009 • Recipient of Graduate Entrance Scholarship, UBC, ($4,000), 2007 • Service and Learning Award in Education from UNCA, 2001 • Recipient of Teaching Fellows Scholarship ($25,000),1997-2000 • Recipient of Founder's Award ($900 yr/ 4 yrs), 1997 Project Awards • Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) Award of Merit in the Media Festival for the instructional, post-secondary classification, 2009 • Honorable Mention for the UBC Library Innovative Dissemination Award Committee. One of the Top 4 Projects: Land-Use Impacts Teaching Tool, 2010
I grew up in North Carolina and always loved school. I hated to get sick and miss school. I attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville on a teacher's scholarship for my BA in Literature and NC Education Licensure. I taught English for 3 years in high school and 1 year of language arts at middle school. After teaching for four years, I decided that I wanted to pursue a Master's of Science, so I could teach my other favorite subject- science!
In addition to teaching, I'm a crafter, knitter, a gardener, and lover of nature. I'm a mother of one beautiful daughter and one of five children myself.