I have taught various levels of physics for 30 years (Conceptual Physics, high school Physics, Accelerated Physics, Principles of Engineering and AP Physics 1 and B). I also have taught Biology, Honors Biology, General Science, Algebra I, Algebra 2, Transition to College Math, and Calculus at various times of my 33 year teaching career.
Considered non-traditional and overly energetic by many, learning and fun are synonymous in my classroom. My classes focus on student-centered learning and project based learning.
I have been blessed with numerous teaching recognitions in my 33 years of teaching. In March 2003, I was honored to receive the Presidential Award for Teaching in Mathematics and Science. In July 2004, I was honored as one of 39 DisneyHand Teacher Honorees. In October 2006, I was recognized as one of twenty teachers on USA Today's 2006 All-USA Teacher Team. In the fall of 2008, I was selected as one of Walsh University's Outstanding Alumni. In June 2010, I was inducted into the 2010 Class of the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansas. This past spring, I was honored to be recognized as Stark County's 2017 Teacher of the Year (Stark County, Ohio).
I graduated from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio with a Bachelor's Degree and from the University of Akron (Ohio) with a Master's of Science Degree. I have majors in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics and hold an Ohio Comprehensive Science and Mathematics Teaching Certificate. In 1998, I earned National Board Certification in Science for Adolescence and Young Adults and earned Certification Renewal in 2008.
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