Initially, I taught science and math for 12 years at a local junior high/middle school. During this time, I provided numerous presentations and workshops for elementary and middle level science teachers throughout the Atlantic Provinces. In 1993, I was appointed to a full-time faculty position at St. Thomas University in the Education Department. My primary teaching responsibilities were the K-12 science methods courses as well as the 6-12 math methods courses. During my tenure as associate professor, I continued to provide presentations and/or workshops for elementary/middle level teachers. One of my more memorable presentations was provided in Toronto at NSTA’s regional conference (1996).
As a chemistry graduate student, I gained first hand knowledge of problem-based research and thus immediately recognized the deficiencies of science education within the public schools. At the time (1981), there was an obvious lack of inquiry-based curriculum materials. Therefore, it seemed natural to also pursue an education degree specializing in science education. As a science educator, I am fully aware of NSE standards as well as pedagogically sound teaching practices based on constructivist learning.
Natural Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada (1976-1980) American Chemical Society Analytical Division Award (1975)
BSc (Chemistry) - University of New Brunswick, 1976 PhD (Synthetic Chemistry) - University of New Brunswick, 1981 BEd (Curriculum & Instruction) - University of New Brunswick, 1981
During my years as a St. Thomas University faculty member, I worked in collaboration with Science East (our provincial science museum - http://www.scienceeast.nb.ca) to develop curriculum materials which complement their elementary and middle level outreach programs. Furthermore, I collaborated in the delivery of their summer institutes for elementary science teachers.