I am currently teaching IB Biology HL and SL and IB Marine Science SL to 11th and 12th grade students at an independent college prep school. I have over 6 years of experience preparing students for the IB assessments in these subjects, as well as assisting them as they develop their IAs. My students consistently score above the global average in both subjects (my average student performance is above 5), with several earning 7s overall.
In addition to my work as a classroom teacher, I spent several years teaching marine science, environmental science, ecology, and biology to students in grades 3-12 through outdoor and outreach education programs.
I am a graduate of both Connecticut College (BA Biology) and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (MS Marine Affairs and Policy). While my undergraduate degree was in biology, my coursework spanned biology, chemistry, and several upper-level marine science topics, which prepared me for my graduate work. As part of my masters degree, I completed my thesis is the GIS mapping, tracking, and community-based removal of derelict fishing gear in the Florida Keys.
Prior to teaching, I worked in field research, science communication, and environmental policy development and advocacy. I want all of my students to be successful, but I am most concerned with them developing their integrity, character, and an appreciation for their education. I strive to make challenging concepts and subjects relatable, fun, and less intimidating for all students, and I aim to make science a subject that they can appreciate and grow in, no matter their age or interests.
Undergraduate Degree: Connecticut College - Bachelor in Arts, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: University of Miami - Master of Science, Marine Sciences
Coaching swimming (and swimming myself!), snorkeling, spending time at the beach, running road races and 1/2 marathons, learning as much as I can about science and the world around me!