Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
"--What lies behind us,
and what lies before us
are tiny matters
within us--" Ralph Waldo Emerson
Through reading and writing, we can explore what lies within us, experience
the moment, and understand our world. I became an English teacher because of
my love for the human spirit, literature, and the study of thought.
From Iowa where I grew up as a child to Spain and Chile where I spent an
extended period of time learning their language and cultures to quaint
Rhode Island, I have encountered unique experiences that have been
challenging, enlightening, and indelible--but all have made me who I am.
I graduated from Ames High School, moved on to The University of Northern
Iowa for my undergraduate in both English and Spanish Education, and
completed my Master's degree in English Education from Teachers
College of Columbia University. I loved spending part of my summers in New
York City, but I enjoy living here in Westerly:)
At the high school, I'm the advisor for WHS's Creative Writing Club--the Ink
Bandits, co-advisor of the Outdoors Club, and co-advisor of Westerly's GSA
program. I have a variety of interests about which I am passionate and it
shows through my involvement in writing, being outdoors, and maintaining an
open heart and mind to all people.
I love teaching, and I love life. . .I look forward to learning all about
each one of you through this journey together!
Mission For The Class:
My mission for all of my students is to work together to stretch not only
our reading and writing skills, but also our thinking and ourselves--as
Socrates professed, "The unexamined life is not worth living."
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.