My career began in 1985 teaching 9th grade Earth Science and 8th grade Physical Science in a Long Island Junior High. In 1991 my junior high became a middle school. I opted to stay in the middle school, which was the best decision ever! The major difference in my middle school schedule is that the 8th grade Earth Science is honors level. So whether 8th or 9th grade, my Earth Science students have always taken the New York State Earth Science Regents exam. For 15 years my Physical Science classes were inclusion classes where I had the privilege of working with some outstanding special education teachers. After a 32 year career teaching science I will retire effective July 1, 2017.
I would describe my teaching style as modernized old school. My teaching style has certainly evolved to embrace new technologies. I have also incorporated great ideas I have learned in the many classes I have taken over the years. My teaching style certainly needed to adapt to fully address the needs of the inclusion classes I started teaching 20 years after my career started. So I really am old school at heart- but with the willingness to adapt.
I was inducted as a lifetime member of the PTA. I was inducted as an honorary member of the National Junior Honor Society. Finally, since this tradition began, over two dozen members of the NJHS have presented me with their Golden Apples to thank me for being a teacher who played an important role in their education.
I attended Stony Brook University and received my BS in Geology with a minor in Biology. The BS in Geology required a course in field research, a class that Stony Brook stopped offering; for that one class I attended UT Knoxville. My teacher certification and my graduate degree were also completed at Stony Brook University.
With retirement right around the corner, people constantly ask me what I plan to do next. While I do not have a specific plan in place, I know I want to do more for charity. For the last 15 years or so I have donated all money earned private tutoring to various charitable organizations. Well, to be more precise, the parents give me a check made out to an organization of my choosing. I am the one to mail the check. So my time tutoring helps my charities, my tutored students go into the Earth Science Regents exam well prepared, and their parents get the charitable tax donation. Win, win, and win. With retirement I just don't want to tutor anymore. I'm done! So the plan is to supplement my pension with TpT earnings so that I can continue supporting my charities. That is why I named my store the "Share the Wealth Science Shop". I have a wealth of materials to share with you, you save time using materials I have already created, and your purchases will help others.