I earned my BS in biology from St. Martin's University in 1997. I earned my MA in Environment and Community from Antioch University Seattle in 2010. My focus is sustainable urban agriculture. I was also a substitute para-educator for several school districts for many years. In this capacity I worked with many at risk youth and enjoyed trying different styles of tutoring. I also worked on volunteer projects testing water quality. I led middle school student in taking water samples, performing tests and then understanding results.
I worked in an environmental chemistry lab for 9 years, then quit to bike across the continent. I biked for a non-profit, Fuller Center for Housing and we not only raised money and biked, but we worked on some housing projects along the way. I have met so many interesting and wonderful people.
In 2011 I was hit by a truck on my bicycle. This was a life changing catalyst. It was the reason I biked across the country and quit my lab job. I also applied for and was assigned a position in Africa through the Peace Corps. I was evacuated out and reassigned to Jamaica where I worked on sustainable farming, school gardening, adult literacy, summer reading program, environmental education, marine environment education, social media outreach, and various other projects.
In my free-time I like to bike and garden. I am interested in community events and am sad to say I have not found anything in my current area. I love to incorporate farming, biking and community to my life. I have been involved in many bike and food advocacy groups in Seattle.
I like reading crime dramas, self help books, and independent lifestyle books. I also love to draw and practice calligraphy, I am not very good with the pen and ink, but I like to try. I also love sailing. I learned how to sail a few years ago and miss it. I love to cook and miss throwing dinner parties. I love all types of music and love to go to concerts.
My favorite subject is Biology. I love biology because you can use real life situations to apply many of the concepts. I also like the fact that biology happens everywhere and a field experiment can be as easy as watching a patch of grass for life. My teaching philosophy is based on the student learning style. If talking does not work, then maybe an application process is needed. This is very easy in biology, even some basic chemistry can be applied in the kitchen.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: St. Martins University, Lacey, WA - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Antioch University, Seattle, WA - Master of Arts, Environment and Community
Biking, gardening, drawing calligraphy, reading, cooking, and sailing