Education and Working Experiences

I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and went to college at Colorado State University.  Originally I majored in Biology with a pre-medicine focus and decided later in my education that teaching in a classroom is where I truly belonged.  I graduated with a Biology and Natural science and finished out my pre-med education with a Pre-Medicine Minor.  While doing my studies at CSU I surrounded myself with all things relating to science and health.  I worked in a lab for 2 years extracting plant DNA to look at commonalities between hybrid species of plants.  I also worked in a Nursing Home for three years, giving me an insider's view of the health care system.  For fun, I would take classes of all sorts (psychology, neurobiology, physiology, human development, nutrition) to give me an even better understand of how and why we as humans work (body and mind).  


Teaching Experience

I began my teaching career at Sierra Middle School in Parker, CO where I taught for one year.  After a record cold and snowfall winter, my husband interviewed for a job as a rocket scientist in the San Fernando Valley.  So, after shoveling the snow for the umpteenth time, we moved to sunny LA with out any hesitations.  This is my fifth year of teaching  and I have taught both middle and high school levels.  Over those years I have taught almost all science subjects (physics, chemistry, earth science, astronomy, weather, and now biology and physiology. I currently teach Biology and Physiology at Kennedy High School in the Biomedical Health and Fitness Academy and am proud to be a golden Cougar. 

My School

I am the lead teacher for the Biomedical Health and Fitness Academy at John F. Kennedy High School.  The mission of the academy is to educate and prepare students for future careers in the field of health care.  I teach honors biology and physiology at JFK, which ranges stuents across all grades.  Biology is mostly 9th and 10th grade students, where we cover the California State standards in biology with a problem-based learning approach to the curriculum.  In physiology, consisting of mostly 12th grades with a few 11th graders sprinkled in, we cover the anatomy and physiology of most body systems in the human body.


Education Philosophy

Because of my education and experience in college, my true love of neuroscience (brain science) began to emerge.  I have taken what I have learned from all of my psychology, neuroscience, human development, and education classes and applied it to my teaching using brain friendly strategies.  I attend trainings, take classes and read books to learn more about how the brain learns best and take that knowledge into my classroom.  I believe that there is no such thing as a "stupid" or "dumb" student; every one learns.  It is my job to help each student know themselves and how they learn best to find success in academia.


My goal as an educator help my students become better problem solvers and critical thinkers.  I want my students to be able to know how to learn on their own so that they can find the answers when a teacher isn't there.  I want my students to be able to look at any information, whether it be scientific or not, and evaluate it.  They should be able to look at new information with a critical eye to find the main idea, evaluate the validity and provide a reaction or thought from it.


Hobbies and Interests

In my spare time my first priority is spending time with my family.  I am happily married to my husband, Tim, and we will be celebrating our 5th anniversary this December.  I have also have a one-year old daughter, Avery, who keeps me on my toes most nights chasing after her and exploring the world together.  If I have any remaining time, I enjoy reading, baking (I can make a mean apple pie), walking, sleeping, and vegging on the couch watching mindless television (I am a closet "Pretty Little Liars" Fan!)