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!!!  I am hoping to begin planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands for Lenape Valley students during the 2019-2020 school year.  The trip would take place during the summer of 2021.  If you have any interest in seeing the amazing world of the Galapagos Islands, please see me.  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 nine year old son Tyler who also loves hiking and the outdoors.   
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