Meet Mrs. Berkeley
Welcome to Advanced Placement Biology for the 2009 - 2010 school year. My name is Dawn Berkeley and I am delighted to serve as your instructor for the current school year. As you know, I am an educator with the Prince George's County Public Schools. I graduated from the University of Maryland College Park, with a degree in biology. After graduation, I decided to accept a position at my high school alma mater, Parkdale High School, located in Riverdale, Maryland. I have been teaching at Parkdale for the last 9 years within the school's Science Department. Currently, I teach Advanced Placement Biology and the Academic Validation Program in Biology.
Here, you see me with my three children, Nehemiah, David and Sophia (the oldest girl is my niece, Jaelyn). As one could imagine, I love children and I am very passionate about education. I am particularly fond of topics related to biology, computer technology, ecology and environmental studies.
My educational philosophy is to not only communicate my passion to students but to also inspire this passion in my students. Participating in professional development programs during the school year enables me to achieve this. Two summers ago, I participated in an institute sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation's Bridging the Watershed. During the workshop, I had the awesome opportunity of completing field studies at local National Parks in order to bring my students out to the field to work on various scientific modules. In addition to my work with Bridging the Watershed, I have been in the process of completing a graduate certificate in Earth and Space Sciences offered through a collaborative effort between the Maryland Space Grant Consortium and Johns Hopkins University.
For the past few years, I have also been an active participant in the Seminar for Teachers Program sponsored by the University of Maryland College Park, which allows teachers to become "students" for the day and engage in fascinating topics such as Geographic Information Systems, Immigration in the Maryland Landscape, Science and Technology in Film and Literature and Imagining the Exotic in European Art and Artifacts, to name a few. Last year, I completed two courses on Religions in America and Teaching Scientific Inquiry. In addition to these opportunities, I am also working on obtaining National Board Certification in Science for Adolescents and Young Adults. This year I gave birth to a baby girl, Sophia. I am looking forward to working with each of you.
Reece, 9th ed. Dawn Berkeley.