About Me

I am a middle school STEM teacher who strives to provide students with the tools that they will need to become the life-long learners and creative problem solvers. 
Education:
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
2007 Bachelor of Science in Middle Education with a concentration in Math and Science
2008 Master's of Art in Teaching (MAT)

Interests:
Teaching, traveling, family, friends, sports, soccer, triathlons, biking, playing music (piano and guitar), music, reading nonfiction, volunteering,The Discovery Channel, Mythbusters, STEM, Apple products, technology, coffee, experiencing different cultures, continuous learning, health and nutrition, organic foods, "going green"
 
Unique Experiences:
 2001-Exchange Student Program in Japan for two weeks
2003-Going bungee-jumping and sky-diving
2007-Being a student speaker at my JMU college graduation
2008-Traveling to Europe on a Mediterranean Cruise: Visiting England, France, Italy, and Spain
2009-Hiking through a bamboo forest and surfing in Maui, Hawaii
2009-Traveling to Germany, Netherlands, and Greece
2010-Running the Walt Disney World Marathon with Team in Training, personally raising $5,400 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
2010-Volunteer teaching in Cuzco, Peru and visiting Machu Picchu
2011-Attending the Siemens STEM Academy at Discovery Communications Headquarters.

Favorite Books:
Three Cups of Tea
A Brief History of Time
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Hot Flat and Crowded
Tuesdays with Morrie
Of Mice and Men
The Last Lecture
Gang Leader for a Day
Tipping Point

Favorite Music:
Coldplay
Jack Johnson
Dave Matthews Band
Jay-Z
Counting Crows
Sublime
Keith Urban
Brad Paisley

Favorite Quotes:
"Be the change you wish to see in the world" 
"Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions"
"If we teach today's students, as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow" - John Dewey
"If it isn't broken ... improve it!"
"Live your dream"
"Carpe Diem"