About The Classroom

Earth science, physical science, and life science are all a part of the 7th grade year.  Students start the year studying scientific design, controlled experiment and data collection.  Then we move into chemistry and sight astronomy, patterns in the environment and global issues, like pollution.  We end the year with a study of energy as it relates to the Earth and to ecosystems, and biomes.  

7th grade science is writing intensive, focuses on experiential learning, science process, and writing; with emphasis on using evidence to support conclusions, opinions and hypotheses, as well as making trade-offs.

The curriculum is a dual text program, with the Science Fusion workbook as the informational text and SEPUP as a laboratory program. Fusion is a interactive text that has an online version, online labs, and a write-in book students can use to study.  SEPUP, Science Education for Public Understanding Program, is a standards-based, issue-oriented lab program from the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley.  

About Me
This is my 22nd year teaching middle school science. and I am an independent, teacher-trainer for Lab-Aids program that we use at Delhi.  I serve at DMS as an eLc, Coding Club sponsor, eKids facilitator and Yearbook advisor.  

I attended The University of Cincinnati for my undergraduate studies and Walden University for my Master's work. I hold a BA in English Literature, a BS in Elementary Education, and a Master of Science in Elementary Education with a Specialty in Science.  My 30 post-master graduate hours are focused in science and classroom management and are from the University of LaVerne.

I've been married for 19 years.  I have 3 step-children and 2 step-grandchildren, two cats and a really old turtle.  I like to read, write, do yoga and spend time doing volunteer work in my community.  I like to play Nintendo Wii U, listen to music, and spend time with family and friends.  

Something about me that not everyone knows is I have a strange
love for Harry Potter, The Bee Gees (Google them for a laugh), and opera music (especially Puccini), not necessarily all at the same time. I don't only listen to opera, I usually listen to pop and decades music from the 70's, 80's, and 90's. I also have a side job performing wedding ceremonies. This is more of a passionate hobby. I meet a lot of interesting people and get to go some places I've never been.  

When I was in middle school, I loved Bon Jovi and Whitesnake, a TV show with Bruce Willis called "Moonlighting," writing poetry, and being with my friends.  I sang in the choir, wrote for the school newspaper, and was in the honor society. I have always liked science.  When I was in high school, I especially liked botany and organic chemistry and I thought one day I might work as a chemical engineer, designing cosmetics or an environmental engineer, designing safe runoff paths for new construction sites.  I decided to become a teacher, because my neighbor was a teacher. I liked going to her classroom to help put up bulletin boards and grade papers.  Both my neighbor and my senior English teacher encouraged me to go into education and I enjoyed it right away. I'm happy teaching science, because it's active and interesting.