Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
School: SOUTH ST. PAUL SECONDARY, SOUTH SAINT PAUL MN
I love chemistry. It is everywhere, in the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the things you have and the energy you need. I taught International Baccalaureate Chemistry, Standard and Higher Level for over fifteen years. Science education is for all people, so they can gain an understanding of the world around them. The Sophia format is an exciting way for people to learn about science in their own time and in their own way. I hope this format will inspire people to pursue science as a career. The new scientific ideas come about through learning what we currently know and investigating about the unknown. I was given a Fellowship at Rockefeller University Teacher Outreach Program, New York, NY. There I work in Bruce S. McEwen’s Lab on a project investigating the affect of neglect on the brain chemistry of mice and in Joshua Lederberg Lab’s on the fractal growth of bacillus bacteria. It was very exciting working with scientists on their investigations. I have a BS in Chemistry Education with minors in Physics and Mathematics Education from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. I have a MS in Early Adolescent Education from Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY and my master’s thesis is “Evaluation of Mentorship Program for Science Teachers” (1994). I earned my Ed.D. from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, my doctoral dissertation is: “In Their Own Voices: African American Students Talk About Rigorous Course Work, With a Focus on Science” (2008).
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.
I am a chemistry instructor at a local university.
I am a Chemistry teacher at Maple Grove Senior High in Maple Grove, MN. I love working with students and believe that challenging students at their ability level is important to get them ready for post high school success. An appropriate level of challenge helps you learn time management and study skills! I am a visual learner, but I try to remember that not everyone can be successful by just reading information. I love science, and believe that science and technology are important fields for all students to study. My hobbies involve reading and gardening, along with camping and enjoying the outdoors. One of my favorite places to camp is the North Shore of Lake Superior. My daughter is my camping companion most of the time, and our goal is to camp and hike in every state. We have been to many, but still have quite a lot to go!