I have taught science for twenty-two years. I currently teach and/or have taught (depending on the year) 7th grade life/earth science, 8th grade physical science, 9th grade biology, chemistry, advanced second-year chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, and field ecology.
I am a global thinker, and often emphasize the big picture because it is so easy for students to get lost in the details of any given unit. I teach far more than science in my classroom. In a cross-curricular sense, I also teach English, history, math skills, and foreign language (Greek/Latin) in addition to life lessons. I immerse my students with hands-on opportunities and teach them to become independent problem solvers. I teach with empathy and strive to promote growth mindsets.
Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Education (Nominee, 2015) The National Society of High School Scholars Teacher of Recognition (2016) Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year (State finalist, 2006) Kohl Teacher Fellowship (State finalist- 2014, 2015) Cloverbelt Scholar Teacher of Recognition Award (2015) Who's Who Among America's Teachers (Multiple years) Most inspirational teacher notifications from collegiate dean of the students of alumni from multiple post-secondary institutions Three-time keynote speaker at commencement Greatest teacher nominee award from the Gilman student body in 2013 I was introduced to the Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, in 2017.
HS Diploma - Marshfield High School, Marshfield, WI 1991 Bachelor of Arts - St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN 1995 Masters in Education, Professional Development - UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI 2001
I published my first book through Teacher's Discovery Science Division (MI), "112 Activites and Tactics for Life Science Teachers." Over 900 copies sold. My second book is titled "Chairs of DIscipline," which is a memoir that chronicles my struggles as a first-year teacher in an incredible, heart-felt true story (Available through Amazon). I have also published kits through Lab-Aids (NY), Science Kit & Boreal Laboratories (Now WARD'S Science), and through Flinn Scientific (IL). Over 14,000 of my reusable games and science kits are in classrooms across America! Other publications include: Diagnosis! You are the Doctor Part 1 (Flinn, Sci) Diagnosis! You are the Doctor Part 2 (Flinn, Sci) Microscope "Mystery" Lab Kit (Flinn, Sci) Salmon Run Board Game (WARD'S Sci) Migration Game (WARD's Sci) Natural Selection: Game of Chance (WARD's Sci) Symbiosis Posters Activity Kit (WARD's Sci) Molecules of Metabolism Lab Kit #520 (Lab-Aids) I student taught in Pharr, TX, along the Mexican border. I also served as a camp counselor and backpack guide @ Camp Christikon, MT the summers of 1995,1996
Math, Basic Operations, Science, Anatomy, Archaeology, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Physics, Other (Science), Math Test Prep, General Science, Physical Science, Decimals, Engineering