I am very excited to work with you as your teacher this year! We have a whole school year of learning, hands-on investigations, lively discussions, and a wide variety of other learning opportunities ahead of us. I have been teaching since 2000 and specialize in teaching biology, marine biology and earth science.
Before I was a teacher, I worked for 12 years at a natural science museum. I started there as a volunteer, but I loved it so much, eventually I was hired to work on the education team. I had many fantastic opportunities there to work with injured, non-releasable animals and bring them to classrooms all over northern California. I also got to see behind the scenes at many famous museums, such as the Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, Monterey Bay Aquarium, The High Desert Museum, and the San Francisco Zoo, to name just a few! The best part of that job was developing the Museum Teen Volunteer program, which still exists as part of Turtle Bay Museum, in Redding, California. That program lead to another partnership with the Shreder Planetarium, also in Redding, the creation of the CSI program (Community Science Interns), which allows participating students to assist at planetarium shows for school groups.
I love to spend time with my family. In my spare time, I kayak, hike, swim, snorkel, go birding, snow shoe, camp, scrapbook and craft, take photos of wildlife and nature, and travel (especially if there is a good museum nearby)!
As you can tell, I love science. I am very happy to have the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for learning with you!