Grade(s): Middle School
School: Black Hawk Middle School
Graduated from Minnesota State University with a degree in Elementary Education with specialties in both Middle School Science as well as Middle School Communication Arts & Literature. I have also received my Master's Degree from Bethel University in Special Education focusing on Emotional Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities. Currently I am working on my Educational Specialist Degree from St. Mary's University in Educational Leadership.
Prior to getting into education I served 9 years in the U.S. Army (most time in MN National Guard). Spending a year in Baghdad, Iraq (2004) allowed me to interact with the local population and observe that despite one's condition, children just want to learn. This is where my desire to become an educator was first sparked and after several years in education I get to see students grow into life long learners.
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.