Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
School: PRAIRIE SEEDS ACADEMY, BROOKLYN PARK MN
I am new to teaching, but not to learning. I am fascinated by the different technologies that we can use to increase knowledge. My undergraduate degree is in archaeology, where my focus was on biological anthropology--basically the study of ancient humans, such as Australopithecus and Homo erectus species. My newest interest is ecology, and how we can protect and preserve our planet and species that are living on it. I am currently working on my graduate degree in Education. My goal after that is to go to the University of Arizona. I also like to cook, see movies, read fantasy novels, go to rock concerts, and be outside.
I have been teaching high school science in Minnesota since January of 2002. Most of my teaching experience has been with at-risk student populations. This means that I have had to teach science to students who didn't usually want to be in school. I have enjoyed this challenge and have learned immensely from it. Making science relevant to my students is my main goal and I hope that some of those tendencies are found in any packets I create on Sophia.
For the past 20 years, I have been engaged as an educational researcher, evaluator and professor of educational policy. Areas of expertise include education reform, policy implementation and effectiveness, post-secondary attainment and socio-economic disadvantage. My publications address the social institutions and policies designed to promote educational advancement for students, especially the socially disadvantaged. Teaching and research associations over the past 20 years include the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota and Stanford University. I hold a Ph. D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Lawrence University.