I am a graduate of Gonzaga University and received my Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in research. Since graduating, I have traveled around the West coast working in various hands-on education and research positions. This included volunteering as a docent at a wildlife refuge in Nevada, educating aquarium guests on whale watch cruises in Southern California, and performing environmental monitoring and outreach in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. While my recent experiences provide me a deep understanding and love for Biology and Ecology related subjects, I have intensive writing experience from college that fuels my passion for writing and language, a passion that I use when preparing students to understand and succeed on the ACT. I believe that even the most complex scientific concepts can be broken down into easily understood ideas, and hope to impart this belief to my students. In my free time, I enjoy hiking around the Pacific Northwest, wildlife watching, playing music, and the occasional board game with friends.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Gonzaga University - Bachelors, Biology, General
ACT English: 31
ACT Reading: 30
ACT Science: 30
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1300
Marine Biology, Ecology, Hiking, and music
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that even the most complex concepts can be broken down into easily understood ideas that can be used as building blocks for future learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first ask the student to describe what concepts they already understand about the subject so we can use that knowledge as a foundation for learning and understanding more difficult ideas.