I am a graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Madison. I received my Bachelor of Science in Physics Education. After 5 years of teaching physics at Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin I returned to school at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned my Master's Degree in Physics. I returned to high school teaching and have had a rewarding career teaching physics at the high school and college level over the past 32 years. I truly love the beauty of the broad principles that form the substance of the field of physics. They apply to everythingyou can't go through a day without seeing them at work all around you.
I know how to guide students as they grapple with the broad principles of physics and the mathematical language used to express them. I do not answer questions for students but rather teach them how to ask themselves and the problem the right questions. I also teach students a methodical way to approach problems that greatly simplifies problem solving.
Patience is my long suit and I truly enjoy interacting with teenagers and young adults.I like keeping teaching fun and relaxed. I will step up beside a student and guide them through the process of developing understanding. I answer questions with questions intended to steer the student yet allow the student to do their own thinking. After three decades in the classroom I know the right question to ask in order to steer the student in the proper direction. When one avenue of learning fails to succeed I will shift to another and continue to come at a concept from different angles until the student has that "lightbulb" moment. At that point I give the student reinforcement exercises intended to build confidence and depth of understanding. During this reinforcement stage I give frequent and immediate feedback.
I am a firm proponent of liberal arts education, believing it to be absolutely necessary for an improved quality of life, and I try to impart this appreciation to all of my students. In my spare time, I enjoy reading that which enriches my life, soccer, board games, and Renaissance Festivals. I have been coaching soccer at the high school and club level since 1985. I played throughout college and was actively competitive in soccer until a few years ago.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: UW-Madison - Bachelor of Science, Physics Teacher Education
Graduate Degree: UW-Milwaukee - Master of Science, Physics
Soccer, Games, Renaissance Festivals