About Me:

Hi everyone!  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.  I graduated from Livingston High School and then went to Miami University of Ohio.  (Miami was a school before Florida was a state!)  I earned a BA and BS in Zoology from Miami, and hoped to go into field research in Conservation Biology.  After college graduation I got my first job working as an instructor in the Education Department of the Bronx Zoo.  While I was an instructor at the zoo I got to bring all kinds of animals into the classroom to teach students about adaptations and conservation.  I handled snakes, monitor lizards, iguanas, baby alligators, armadillos, macaws, as well as cute little chinchillas, ferrets and everything in between.  After this experience I realized that I loved teaching and earned a Master's degree in Environmental Education from Montclair State University.  I started my teaching career in Parsippany, NJ, and when I got married and moved to the Poconos I moved to Lenape to try to shorten my commute. I am still extremely interested in field work in Conservation Biology and have done graduate work in Namibia Africa, Trinidad, and Belize.  I have always wanted to share my interest in travelling with students, and in June 2015 that became a reality when I was able to take a group of students from Lenape Valley to Costa Rica.  It was an amazing trip!!!  Travelling and being in the outdoors are two of my favorite things.  One summer I took a NOLS course and spent a month back country backpacking in the Wrangell-St. Elias Wilderness in Alaska.  Now, I continue to hike and camp with my husband and eight year old son Tyler who also loves hiking and the outdoors.