I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University. After graduating, I took a couple of years off to try to figure out where I wanted my career to go. After working as a teaching assistant in the oceanography department at the University of New Hampshire, I discovered my love of teaching. It was at this point that I went to graduate school at UNH and earned my Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus on the sciences.
I got a job right out of grad school working for Parker Charter School; the first of the Coalition of Essential Schools. This school and the Coalition closely align with my own beliefs about teaching. I feel it is important that students see the value in what they are learning. It is also important for teachers to realize that not all students are the same; however, every student has the ability to learn and be successful if given the opportunity to access the information in a way that best matches their learning needs. I will not give my student's the correct answer. Instead, I will guide them in finding ways to get to the answer. In the real world, we will often have to find the answers ourselves, so it is imperative that we know how to problem solve, and in doing so, we need to understand what our resources are, and how to use them. I hope to provide my students with lifelong learning skills, rather than just facts which they may forget after a test.
Outside of my life as a teacher, I am a mom of twin 2.5 year olds, and I'm an athlete. I am a runner, and I also play soccer in a women's league year round. I love to watch TV at night to relax. I also like to read, draw (with charcoal is my favorite!) and paint as well.
Clemson University - Bachelors, Biological Sciences
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus - Masters, Education