The courses I have taught include: chemistry, Pre-AP chemistry, AP chemistry, IB chemistry and TAKS remediation. For many years, I served as Science Department chair. Other educational experience includes being an AP chemistry reader (graded AP test) and test question writer. As an AP consultant, I taught 1 day, 2 day and weeklong professional development for teachers. For the last five years, I have served teachers in the role of Science Coach. The main responsibility of a science coach is to focus on instruction.
The values and core beliefs that shaped my commitment to teaching and desire to be a teacher have their roots in the teachings of my first role models, my parents. My mother grew up on a farm and knew the value of work and effort. In a positive and caring manner, my mother left no doubt that all her children were expected to do their best, work hard, and be diligent in all they pursued. As a teacher, I also have high expectations for my students and strive to communicate these expectations in a caring and supportive manner that leaves no doubt that all my student’s success is important to me. In my classroom, we are a team. My decision to teach science, love of science and curiosity about the world are a result of the many hours I spent mentored by my father when I thought it was play. Fishing trips, shooting stars, train rides, wrapping a birthday gift, or walking through a field became opportunities for my father to share the wonders of science. I try to emulate his teaching style in my classroom by providing opportunities for my students to: observe and evaluate real world examples, have fun, explore, engage in their own learning, and develop curiosity.
Twelve times honored by students in our districts Shining Star celebration and was one of my district Teacher of the Year in 2001.
I have a BS in Zoology from TAMU and certified to teach biology, chemistry and ESL.
I am married and have a son and two granddaughters.