I was born and raised in Olympia, WA where I graduated from Olympia High School. I have five siblings including an identical twin. I enjoy spending time with my many nieces and nephews. My husband is a musician (guitar player) and a craftsman and together we have two dogs - Lyle and Audley.
I began my teaching experience my first year at Western Washington University. My college professor was the owner of a 65' foot motor vessel, the Snow Goose, on which I taught all through college with their marine science education program. I graduated from WWU with a degree in Biology and began a one-year Americorp/Washington Conservation Corp Environmental Education position with Bellingham Parks and Rec at the Environmental Learning Center. It was there, dressed up in a full-body fish costume, that I decided to pursue a teaching certificate in education -at the secondary level. ;)
Throughout earning my Master’s in Teaching, I continued to work summers on the Snow Goose in Southeast Alaska - watching bears fishing, whales feeding, glacier’s calving and eating a lot of fresh crab, salmon and halibut. In the off seasons, I was also fortunate to do a bit of substitute teaching in Salt Lake City and the Galapagos Islands. Through all this I learned that I wanted to spend a little more time than a day or a week with my students and this spurred my excitement about becoming a classroom teacher.
After student teaching at Sehome, I accepted my first certified teaching job was at Mount Vernon High School (WA) where I taught Biology and Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology for five and half years before deciding to teach abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There I learned a bit about the International Baccalaureate program at St. Andrew's Scot School. I left Argentina with a little more Spanish (I went with none) and a great appreciation for Argentine culture . I look forward to returning one day to continue working on my Spanish.
From Argentina, I accepted a job at Hume-Fogg High School in Nashville, Tennessee. This was Nashville's first public school and is located in the heart of downtown in a cool historic castle-like building. It was an incredible place to work and learn for three years while enjoying the excitement Nashville's music scene has to offer.
This past year we decided it was time to make our way back home to the Pacific Northwest. We longed for cooler summers, the ocean and being closer to family. I was thrilled to accept a job at Squalicum High School for the2016-2017 school year. I look forward to working with and getting to know you all in the year ahead!
My teaching philosophy:
I feel my primary role as a teacher is to facilitate and inspire life-long learning in my students. Learning can come in many ways and each student's experience is unique. I encourage students to come with an open mind, a willingness to work hard, and an awareness of how they will measure their own success.
I really enjoy learning about students' ideas in science and watching them deepen and morph throughout the year. I strive to focus on topics in biology and chemistry that are relevant to our lives and necessary to be informed citizens. As with life, a student should expect to get out of my class what they are willing to put in. Ask questions! Be curious about the world around you! Wonder why and appreciate that we don't have all the answers. (Well...the internet does have a lot of them, though!) What a fun time in history to be a student!