I come from a family of educators and I am married to an educator. I grew up understanding the importance of being a public servant. After spending a good bit of time considering being a doctor or an environmental engineer I drew on my family roots and chose a vocation in public education.
The most rewarding part of my job teaching science is supporting students to be problem solvers in their world.
I have been teaching sciences for eighteen years at both the middle and high school level. I have recently received my National Board Certification in Science Education. I have both my Masters Degree in Education and a degree in Biology from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. I also maintain a current Wilderness First Responder Certification for Polaris Intensives, Adventure, and Fieldwork experiences. This next year I'll be working towards another Masters Degree in Science Education from Montana State University.
Amateur Homesteading (I live on a small farm in Northwest Fort Collins), Backcountry/ Telemark Skiing, River Surfing, Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Wilderness Expeditions, and adventuring with my seven year old daughter, husband, and Border Collie Buck.
"Be tough, yet gentle. Humble, yet bold. Swayed always by beauty and truth. Bob Pieh" - Bob Peigh, Voyageur Outward Bound
Biology, Health, Zoology, Microbiology, Botany, Anatomy/Physiology, Astronomy, Horticultural Science, and Environmental Science
Science in my classroom is an inquiry and problem based approach. I integrate service-learning and original scientific research into my curriculum and encourage students to drive their own learning with new and relevant science topics. I believe that students should not just learn about science, they should DO science!