Teaching 8 years of high school science, including: • AP Physics • Physics • Earth & Space Science • Engineering Independent Study Faculty Advisor • Carl Perkins Solar Technology Technical Advisor
I believe in a student-centered classroom in which students learn vital academic, organizational, and metacognitive skills that will allow them to tackle the most difficult of problems. In this way, my units/courses empower students as they gain confidence in their mathematical abilities while simultaneously applying their skills to solve real scientific problems. I use guided inquiries that encourage the use of academic vocabulary and the visualization of concepts, while providing a natural academic progression that helps students to connect ideas across physics and science as a whole.
Nomination for Gila County, Arizona Teacher of the Year • Nominated in 2016 Nomination for Arizona Teacher of the Year • Nominated for the Silver Apple Award in 2015
Masters of Science in Science Education: Physics • Montana State University, July of 2016 • Graduated Summa Cum Laude: GPA of 4.00/4.00 Bachelors of Science: Geology; Earth and Space Science Education • Illinois State University, December of 2008 • Graduated Magna Cum Laude: GPA of 3.86/4.00 Secondary Education Certifications • Highly Qualified in Physics • Highly Qualified in Earth and Space Science Structured English Immersion (SEI) 90-hour Certification
It was not long ago that I sat in the high school classroom expecting my teachers to not only present the material, but to leave me dazzled. Now, as a teacher, I have the opportunity to enact change – to inspire. I would speak about my travels to over forty National Parks and Forests, gem collecting in eastern Oregon, and backpacking through the Hell’s Gate Wilderness. I spoke of Batman smashing a capsule and vanishing in a puff of smoke, cliff jumping in the Caribbean, and near death experiences while walking under coconut palms in Hawaii. Each story was woven together with bits of science, exploration, and wonder. These stories serve as the “hook” to get my students interested and motivated to learn about our units of study. "In the pursuit of truth and understanding of our world, through thousands of years and countless cultures, science has emerged as the path." - Drew Fiala, 2017