Fresh out of college with a biology degree, I had a fairly unconventional start in education-I was hired as a chief ranger at False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach. It’s here that my love for environmental education took root. When Kecoughtan High School offered its first Environmental Science class, I hung up my khakis and olive green slacks for a KHS badge! My high school classroom experiences also included biology, earth science, and oceanography. I began my K-8 STEM journey as a science teacher specialist. Working alongside Hampton and Isle of Wight County’s most gifted elementary, middle and high school teachers, I was able to share the passion and love for science with younger students and experience the wide range of instructional needs of students K-12. When I moved to Isle of Wight County as a math/science curriculum coordinator, I was blessed by the project of a lifetime-creating high school makerspaces and the curriculum for a brand new Engineering program. And thus I found my dream education career-teaching Engineering!
My teaching style is a hybrid of the coach/facilitator styles. Before we start a project, I explain to my students what they will learn and how it relates to completing the project. If the project requires fundamental skills (such as CAD, soldering, etc), I will demonstrate each basic skill and then guide them as they master those skills, offering feedback. Once they have a "toolbox of skills" and the materials needed to start a project, I switch to a facilitator role.
National Board Certified Teacher-AYA Science 2004-present VAST Recognition in Science Education Award (CTE) 2019 Isle of Wight County Achiever (x2) for coaching National KidWind Team
B.S Biology-College of William and Mary M.Ed-Old Dominion University M.Ed (Administration and Supervision)-Old Dominion University Manufacturing Technician Level I certification
Why the name "Out of the Woods"? I live in the woods. Not where you would expect a STEM store! I love creating, making and building things. I have always loved the Virginia outdoors-the beach, the woods, the mountains. I am a Scoutmaster and an advocate for cultivating children's love of the outdoors (along with STEM)!
Specialty, Math, Geometry, Science, Biology, Social Studies - History, World History, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Computer Science - Technology, Career and Technical Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering