Summer Research Program at Haverford College
I graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Education from Temple University in June 1999. I plan to attend graduate school in fall 2010 in pursuit of a Master's degree in Educational Psychology.
I began teaching 10 years ago. I taught at The Philadelphia High School for Girls for six years in Philadelphia, Pa. Learning to be versatile was the lesson that changed my life. Subjects taught was Chemistry ( Honors, AP, IB), Psychology (AP, IB), Organic Chemistry, and Earth Science. It was truly a great experience to be a part of the development team for the IB program in my school and have my students perform so well the first year of testing in May 2006. However, I was still undecided about teaching as my profession.
After leaving Girls High, I taught for one year at St. Ignatius of Loyola School. I attended this school as well as my children and it felt like home. It was here I accepted my calling. I enjoyed my time there teaching 6, 7, 8 grade math and science, but my passion was for secondary science so back to high school I went.
I am currently employed at the school where I first began teaching, World Communication Charter School. Upon my arrival in 1999, I taught General Science, Physical Science and Biology. I returned in 2008 teaching Physics and Biochemistry. In the 2009-2010 school year, I will teach Precalculus and Algebra II. I was department chair for science and next year I will chair math. I described myself as a lifetime learner, and my ability to teach many subjects makes life all the more interesting.
This is why I am so happy to be a part of the RET experience for teachers. I have learned so much and hope to develop a curriculum over the next school year to be implemented in the 2010-2011 at my school. I can not wait to return to work and began integrating this cutting edge technology in my classroom. I plan to develop and coordinate a NanoTech club and use this experience along with the help of the wonderful people I have met through this program to make nanotechnology a reality in my school
My hobbies are reading mystery novels, cooking, tennis, watching classic movies (1945 - 1960), playing the piano although it been a while since I tickled the ivory keys and traveling when I can. I also love visiting art museums, galleries and attending live orchestra performances.
One belief keeps me going:
Success is not only determined by our accomplishments, but how we face our failures. Your ability to take every experience positive or negative and learn from it makes you stronger and wiser. So what has my experience in nanoscience taught me?