Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
I am a science teacher, currently teaching Physics 9 in Fridley, MN. I previously taught 7-12 sciences in a K-12 school in Orr, MN. I am interested in access and equity issues in education, Standards-Based Assessment and Grading, and the use of instructional technologies. I have assisted with professional development on a variety of topics, and have recently completed a summer fellowship with the Professional Development department at the Science Museum of Minnesota. I am a union leader and serve as an At-Large member of the educator labor union, Education Minnesota.
"Everybody's a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid."
After earning a degree in physics, I started down the path of education. I've taught high school science at various levels in a variety of places around the world: New Mexico, England, and here in Minnesota. Additionally, I've worked in various galleries at the Science Museum of Minnesota. In addition to teaching, I'm an avid SciFi fan with Doctor Who ranking at the top. I also love dancing of any sort, but my specialty is tap dance. I practice archery, drawing, and cross stitch as well.
I am originally from Guyana, South America. I came to the U.S in 1991 and lived in Brooklyn, New York for about four years before moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota where I currently live. I went to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where I attended the Institute of Technology and received degrees in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering. I currently work as a Learning Coach at Sophia and am pursing a masters degree in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University. My goal for Sophia is to provide a clear understanding of math and science concepts by relating them to elementary ideas. My hope is that the method(s) I employ will make what seem to be very complex ideas much more approachable and appreciated.
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.
I have been taching Math and Science for 23 years, 18 of them with Minneapolis. I have the honor of working with some of the finest teachers in the city, at Roosevelt High! The picture is not me, it is my youngest son, Paul