Subject(s): Reading, Englsih Langauage Arts, Science
School: Sweetwater Elementary School
I have been teaching 5th grade for 9 years. I hold a BS and a Masters in Early Childhood Education. My Ed.S. is in Teacher Leadership for Learning. I am currently in the research phase of my dissertation in Early Childhood Education. My dissertation is focused on portfolio assessment with student self reflection.
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.
In 2011, I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education. While I was a student, I married my high school sweetheart, and had my daughter. After graduating, I worked in first grade and Pre-k, and had my son. I currently am a volunteer at the Georgia Aquarium and love every minute of it. I have always loved to learn, and I hope I can pass on that thirst for knowledge to my students. I look forward to this next school year.
After earning my undergrad degree in accounting, I worked for the local "telephone company" for 19 years in their newly emerging IT department. After our 3 daughters were settled in college, I went back to school myself to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. The 2014-15 school year will be my first year teaching! I am excited to be able to combine my love of computer technology with teaching 5th graders.