After a 20-year US Air Force career with tours in Texas, Korea, Great Britain, Germany, Iraq, and the Pentagon, I decided for a change. I loved the light in Airmen's eyes when they learned something new and I loved to mentor young troops, so I earned my Master of Education degree and moved to South Dakota. I now teach physics and chemistry at the Advanced Placement and regular levels at St Thomas More High School in Rapid City, South Dakota.
I graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S in Chemistry and Mathematics along with an education certification. My career began in Utah teaching junior high math and high school chemistry. I spent 22 years in the classroom as a science teacher in the Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan School District. I have taught physics, AP, honors, general and concept level Chemistry. Currently, I am a Professional Development Specialist working in the School of Education at Capella University. During the summer, I facilitate week long workshops for new and experienced chemistry teachers at Hamline University with Prof. Matt Morgan. As a team, we cover content as well as current best practices in the science classroom including inquiry and digital resources. I am also employed by the College Board as an AP Chemistry Consultant where I facilitate day-long to week-long workshops for classroom teachers. I believe one of the best ways to improve my professional practice is to network with teachers from all over the country and I enjoy the opportunities this provides.