Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
School: SOUTH KITSAP HIGH SCHOOL, PORT ORCHARD WA
I am a teacher at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard. I advise the South Kitsap high school yearbook, The Rebel. I teach Yearbook, Photography, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office certification courses.
I have a varied career in education having taught in Japan, at Pierce College, for the Defense Language Institute, Cedar Heights Junior High and the last four years at South Kitsap High School. Teaching has remained a passion of mine and when determining the area to pursue her Master’s Degree she chose Instructional Technology. Since then teaching Technology has been my focus. I hold many Microsoft Certifications as well as being a Microsoft Innovative Educator trainer. In 2012, she was selected as a ASNE Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Fellow – completing this fellowship at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She earned and was also awarded OSPI Microsoft IT Academy Innovative Teaching Strategies 2012 Educator of the Year.
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.