I teach 4th Grade for Andersen Elementary and also part of the Andersen Accelerated Academy team. My interests are many :) and include Assessment for Learning (AFL), Literacy, Educational Technology, creativity, giftedness, PBIL, Marine and Space Science, conservation, sustainability and more (yes...I am truly an elementary teacher at heart)! I think STEAM covers a lot of the above..sorry! Starting the transition to the Common Core Standards and now the New Florida Standards, while teaching the NGSS Standards for FCAT 2.0. I enjoy investigating student progression and rate of improvement (ROI). Just imagine... This year I am working to Flip my 4th grade classroom.
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.