My love for teaching started in college when one of my classmates told me she was working as a mad scientist for the Mad Science company. She said she loved it and enjoyed teaching the students. I became inquisitive because I also had a love for teaching but had never ventured into doing it as a job. So here is where my journey began in education. From 2001-2002 I became a mad scientist for the Mad Science company. I taught elementary school-aged students (6-10) general science after school for one school year. Shortly after, I received my Bachelor's degree in Biological Science in 2002 from William Paterson University. My degree program included a great deal of hands-on and mind's-on experience, such as investigative skills, experimental skills, analytical skills, and communication skills.
After I graduated with my Bachelor's in Biological Science, I worked in the pharmaceutical and medical companies for about ten years. During that time, my mind constantly thought about teaching and how I enjoyed teaching people. I remember teaching my son his first words and doing hands-on activities with him. I would set up a playschool with him, and soon after, I added my nieces and nephews, ages ranging from 2 - 9 years old. It soon turned into a little mini daycare in my basement! It was during this time that I grew to love teaching and early childhood education. I homeschooled my son and my nieces and nephews until everyone was ready to enter kindergarten! I was drawn to teaching, and so I then obtained my Masters of Arts in Education with a focus on Early Childhood from the University of Phoenix in 2010.
In 2010 I left my career in the medical device field and took a career change towards education. From 2010 to 2017, I worked as an Independent Living Instructor and Job Coach for adults (18-50) with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Simultaneously I worked as a private high school science tutor with students ages 14-17. Then from 2014 to 2015, I added another job to my plate. I got my first official job as a PreK Teacher at a preschool near my town! I taught early childhood education to students ages 4 to 5 years of age. I loved this job, and I still keep in touch with my students and their parents. The most important lesson I learned about being a PreK Teacher is that you are the students' first teacher. A PreK Teacher opens the students' eyes to the doors of education.
In 2015 I got accepted into the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship and graduated with a Master's of Art in Teaching Secondary Education Specializing in Biology. In my graduate studies, I focused my research on project-based science instruction (PBSI) under my professor Dr. Kabba E Colley's guidance at William Paterson University. Who is the author of Purposeful Engagement in Science Learning: The Project-based Approach. I learned that teaching beyond the content, making lessons engaging, and being hands-on are essential factors for students to be accountable for their learning and adequately understand what they have learned. I began using the project-based science instruction (PBSI) method. In my student teaching from 2015 - 2016, I taught middle school science to students ages 12 to 14 and high school biology from 14 to 16. From 2019 - 2021 I taught high school science to students ages 14 to 17. Presently, I am homeschooling my youngest child, three years old, private tutoring, and teaching online as an ESL Instructor to four-year-old students to adults.
In 2016 I had the fantastic professional development opportunity at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and received a NASA MEI STEM Institute certificate. I received the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows STEAM Institute awards, Executive Women of New Jersey Graduate Award, and Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship. I currently hold a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing Teacher of Biological Science.
I love teaching science, math, STEAM/STEM, special education science, and primary/middle/high school education. I have taught students of all ages and different backgrounds. Last but not least, most notably, the connection and bond created with the student allow me to grow professionally and for a student to gain a growth mindset. With a growth mindset, students can do better in school because they have an empowering perspective on learning. I have been on this long journey of teaching and education, and my journey does not stop here. I hope always to help students learn with a growth mindset and have confidence that they can do anything.
When I am not teaching, I love singing and my playing my guitar. I also love meditating and spend time with my family. We like to take walks, go to the park, go on mini-vacations and do fun holiday festive activities.
Thank you for taking the time out to read about me! I look forward to hearing from you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: William Paterson University of New Jersey - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: William Paterson University of New Jersey - Masters in Education, Biology Teacher Education
Hobbies: -Community service -Outdoor activities -Playing my acoustic guitar -Singing -Travel -Woodworking or other projects -Writing or blogging Interests: -Making or listening to music -Travel -Art -Nature -Meditation -Theater -Social causes -Food