I am excited to start my sixth year teaching Biology at Flagstaff High School, and 13th year of teaching overall. Prior to moving to Flagstaff, I spent four years teaching in Italy for the Department of Defense schools.
I have a B.S. in Botany from the University of Washington and my M.S. in Botany from the University of Hawaii. While at the U. of W., I worked for one year in a cellular botany lab, for one year on a environmental toxicology project, and spent two summers trapping bats and monitoring their activities with bat-detectors. I lived in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for three years, where I worked both with the National Park Service and the Biological Resources Division of the USGS. My work in Hawaii included: monitoring the endangered hawksbill sea turtle, monitoring rare plants, surveying mesic and wet forest stands, and determining the role of an invasive insect species on the decline and dieback of both a native dominant and invasive tree species. Later, I spent two field seasons at Olympic National Park in Washington working on removal and monitoring of invasive alien plant species.
I love to share my enthusiasm and curiosity and what it means to do science with my students. This will be my third year participating in the GK12 program, which will involve collaboration between my students and two PhD candidates from the Biology department at Northern Arizona State University. This collaboration boosts the rigor and relevance of classroom experiences for students.
All of my classes, Pre-AP Biology and AP Biology, are Alpine Institute-designated science classes. The advantages of this design for students include:
1. Student engagement is increased because learning is made more authentic and relevant when connected directly to the student's own personal experiences and interests. Thus, whenever possible, content specific case-studies are used that are place-based and/or related to the student's own body or health.
2. Students engage in meaningful discussions on current environmental challenges, as well as, shared exploration of creative solutions.
3. Students will have multiple opportunities to engage in field-based expeditions and service-learning opportunities that facilitate the development of college and career readiness.
4. Students connect with a variety of community partners including: the Grand Canyon Trust, Grand Canyon Youth, TERRA Birds, Frieds of the Rio De Flagg, the National Park Service, the Arboretum at Flagstaff, and researchers at Northern Arizona University.
I look forward to a great school year!