I have been a Science Teacher for 5 years and I LOVE MY JOB!! I have taught AP Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Science, Physical Science, and Student Council.
Any lesson is only as good as the “hook” a teacher uses to help students make a connection to the material. My lessons incorporate pop culture in order to bridge the gap between difficult science concepts and the changing interests of my students. I make learning more relevant for my students is by increasing the opportunity for them to have fun and laugh in class. We use Play-Doh to model everything from enzymes to osmosis. We use gummy bears to model functional groups in biochemistry. During our “AP Biology Variety Show” students perform a skit, rap, or interpretive dance to demonstrate cell signaling. Teenagers want to laugh and have fun in class, and allowing them this opportunity helps them make a connection to the material and build positive relationships in the classroom.
Graduation Dignitary • University of Arizona’s College of Education Convocation Ceremony Teacher of the Year Finalist • University of Arizona Athletics/Circle K Outstanding High School Faculty Rewards Program Arizona’s New Science Teacher Academy Fellow • National Science Teacher Association’s New Science Teacher Academy – Arizona Representative for the DOW Fellowship
Bachelor of Science - Physiology, University of Arizona Minor - Chemistry Master of Education - Teaching and Teacher Education, Univeristy of Arizona
For as long as I can remember I was told by my mother, a second grade teacher, to run far away from the long hours and stress that came with her profession. But still, I have always been drawn to teaching. In middle school I often helped my mother grade papers; in high school I was a math and science tutor; in college I worked at Bank of America teaching and training new tellers; and in my first profession, I worked as an Exercise Specialist teaching children about health and fitness. In every stage of life I have found myself educating others, regardless of my attempts to listen to my mother’s suggestion. In the end I didn’t choose teaching, teaching chose me.