Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
After 18 years of working as an Accountant, I decided to change not only my career, but my life path. My enjoyment in reading and writing led me to pursue degrees in English and secondary education. What I found was joy. It is perhaps the single most important truth that when you find joy in what you do, the challenges of your choices become opportunities to thrive and grow. This is what teaching is for me.
My experiences have stressed an understanding that students arrive at school from various environments, all impacting their attitudes, skills, and accomplishments in and out of the classroom. Many of these students appear to be without issues, all the while with thoughts and emotions stewing and boiling underneath their calm or apathetic exterior. As a teacher, it is important that I remain aware of my student needs beyond the obvious, and build relationships that will guide them to a successful adulthood.
I completed my Bachelor's degree in English at Hunter College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a focus on multicultural American literature.
I completed by Master's Degree in Secondary Education at Hawai`i Pacific University, graduating with distinction in 2008.
I have taught in the public school system since I began teaching in 2007, first at Kailua High School, in Kailua, Hawai`i and then in the Connecticut public school system. I currently teach at Southington High School in Southington, CT.
In addition, I have taught entry level college courses at Hawai`i Pacific University in Honolulu, HI and at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT.
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.