My background is in wildlife ecology and conservation biology. I worked in the field on ecology projects for several years before teaching. My first teaching position was at an urban, progressive, experiential, project-based high school, where I worked for nine years. The approach was predominantly project-based learning, students earning their credit/standards through student-initiated projects. All of my products posted in my store are created with experiential learning in mind.
Experiential, project-based, inquiry focused, student-directed, cooperative learning, community-based, travel-based.
2013 MAAP Educator of the Year (Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs)
B.S. Ecology and Environmental Science (Minnesota State University) 9-12 Life Science Licensure (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) M.Ed Life Science (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
I am a mom of 2 young children. I love reading, traveling, cooking, everything outdoors, health, yoga and more. I go through phases of intense interest in one idea or concept. For example, I'm currently fascinated with plasticity of the brain and women's issues worldwide. Something creates a "spark", like a documentary for example, and then I'm off! This is how I approach learning with my students. I provide the sparks or the input, they latch onto something that catches their interest, and I watch them take off on an awesome learning adventure.
English Language Arts, Reading, Specialty, Math, Other (Math), Science, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Physics, Social Studies - History, Civics, World History, Arts & Music, Music, Career and Technical Education, Health, Food Science, Nutritional Sciences, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, Religion, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Business, Psychology, Character Education, Instructional Technology, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Oral Communication, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Black History Month, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Vocational Education, End of Year, Engineering, Close Reading, Women's History Month, Classroom Community