Fifth grade, Kindergarten, Middle School Science and ELA teacher. High school asst. principal and elementary principal (launched the IB program for primary, or the Primary Years Program). Former consultant for principals (international schools and US public schools) and grant maker (US public schools).
Inquiry-based/constructivist approach (active/deeper learning proponent). Project/problem based learning. Flipped and blended classroom models. Innovating and learning with and from students.
National Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC), Bethesda, Maryland Advisory Board member, 2010 to 2011 Stanford University, Palo Alto, California Two-time recipient of the Stanford Women’s Club of Pasadena Scholarship, 1995 and 1996 Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York Palamountain Young Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement, 1995 Students Run L.A., Los Angeles, California Coached over 50 middle and high school students to run the L.A. City Marathon in East LA, 1994 and 1996; 100% completed all 26.2 miles National Science Foundation, Roatan, Honduras Recipient of the NSF Teacher Grant Award to develop and implement high-engagement, inquiry-based science curriculum, 1992
Third-generation Seattle Public Schools student; graduated from Blanchet HS (Catholic HS, though I'm not Catholic). Three years of elementary I was a part of an inspiring open-classroom model at the now-closed Whitworth Elementary in Columbia City. I was a compliant, but not very curious, student. I "played" school well and only later realized that there was a very different way of teaching and learning that was infinitely more rewarding for students and teachers alike. My mission now is to help teachers create curious, engaged classrooms!
International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), Bethesda, Maryland Current Board Chair for the Americas Regional Council, 2008-2015; School Authorizer for North America, 2001-2006; Inquiry Workshop Leader and Speaker, 2003-2009