I currently teach middle school science at an urban middle school in Erie, Pennsylvania. I spent the last two years teaching high school Earth and Environmental Science, and spent several years prior to that in middle school classrooms - 5th through 8th grade science, 7th and 8th grade English/Language Arts, and 8th grade Social Studies. This is my seventh year teaching -- fifth year in the sciences, two years in English/Language Arts and Social Studies.
My classroom is hands-on and student-centered, and I regularly incorporate authentic learning activities and assessments into daily activities. My instructional resources are based on national standards -- NGSS, Common Core -- and are designed to put learning in students hands. My science units are based on the 5E model to encourage deeper thinking and understanding in the sciences.
Shell Science Lab District Winner (2015 and 2016), William B. McIlwaine Science Teaching Award (2014), NSTA Maitland P. Simmons Award for New Teachers (2014), Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate Honor Society (2011), Allegheny College Harold Huntley Haine Prize in History (2010), Allegheny College Alden Scholar (2006-2009), Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society (2009), Allegheny College Outstanding Junior History Major (2009), Lambda Sigma Honor Society
Master of Education in Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2010-2012); Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Environmental Education, Allegheny College (2010); "Preserving Coastal Diversity: Sea Turtles and Bay Resources" The School for Field Studies: Center for Coastal Studies
Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (2014 - Present) National Science Teachers Association (2013 - Present)
English Language Arts, Reading, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History, European History, Health, Other (Specialty), British History, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, General Science, Physical Science, Short Stories, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, For All Subjects, Informational Text, End of Year, Classroom Community