Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
School: JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, BOULDER MT
I am a high school science teacher at Jefferson High School in Boulder, MT. I have been teaching for 30+ years and find it more and more engaging each year.This past year I moved to the great state of Montana, after having taught for 15 years in Colorado. My favorite subject to teach is chemistry, but I must admit my freshmen physical science students are who I learn the most from. I also teach physics and am always interested in new, more effective ways to help students learn.
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.