Taught for 27 years, including 15 years teaching life and physical sciences, health, and some math, and taught an additional 12 years of high school biology.
I used a lot of reading comprehension worksheets and hands-on activities of my own design to reinforce chapter concepts. In addition, once I received a LCD projector, I incorporated science videos, my own photos, and practice multiple choice questions (illustrated) to reinforce learning. Students kept all their work in an organized Science notebook that was graded periodically. Over the years, I have run across my now grown former students who still remember keeping a Science notebook. They recall the notebook and activities with affection and gratitude!
Over the years, I have won several photography awards at the Victor Valley Daily Press Photography Contest and at the San Bernardino County Fair Photography Competition.
I went through twelve years of Catholic school, graduating in 1973 from St. Aquinas High School, in Highland, California. I attended several community colleges, and I eventually graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona University in 1978 with a BS in Agricultural Biology. For several years afterwards, I worked in medical offices, and considered going into nursing, but then decided to go into teaching. I earned my Teaching Credential in Life Science in 1986 from Cal State San Bernardino University, later adding a Multiple Subject Credential.
I have been married for 35 years. We have a son together, plus I have a stepson, and I am "grandma" to his children (so fun!). What I enjoy doing the most is being creative. It varies between sewing, drawing/painting, and scrapbooking, but mostly photography. I also love to travel, which means I have a photographic record of every place that I have been for decades! My favorite trips were to Italy. I have also travelled to England. Another favorite is Florida, where I have family that love to go on crazy adventures, too.