The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka" but "That's funny..." --Isaac Asimov 




  • I received my BA in Physics from Middlebury College in Vermont; while there I took almost enough Math for a double major, and minored in Russian Literature in translation.
  • I received my Teaching License in Secondary Science from CU Boulder.  I student taught Physics and Earth Science at Westminster High School and Longs Peak Middle School.
  • I received my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Science from CU Boulder in 2004.  I have 12 graduate hours in Physics in addition to  Science Education Theory classes. 


  • I started teaching in 1991 at North Arvada Junior High (that was before it was a Middle School).  I taught physical science and earth science.
  • I taught earth science for a year at Arvada High School, before applying to teach at Standley Lake.
  • I have been at Standley Lake since 1994, taking a few years off to stay at home with my kids.  I have taught earth science, modern physics, physics, AP physics B, AP Physics C: Mechanics, and AP Physics 1.  I love Standley's students and staff, and consider myself fortunate to be able to share a subject that I love with my students.
  • I am a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and am a member of an online AP Physics teacher community.

About Me:

  • I love to read mysteries and spy novels, and to watch movies.  "Star Wars" (episode IV) is my favorite movie of all time, although I also love the "Avengers" movies.
  • I run for fun and enjoy doing the Bolder Boulder race each year.
  • Our household has two cats, a parakeet about 10 snails, and thousands of legos.


 The now 2nd largest radio telescope in the world in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite. -- Paul Dirac

I recommend the following TED Talk (its about 6 minutes long) that discusses the biggest factor to success in learning. You may be surprised to find out that it is NOT IQ.

Angela Lee Duckworth: The Key to Success? Grit