Welcome! First, I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. I am originally from central Pennsylvania, where I grew up, went to college and obtained my B.S. in Biochemistry from Lehigh University, a small private school north of Philadelphia. After working in industry for a year, I moved to Salt Lake City, UT. For the next two years, I did HIV research for the Biochemistry Department at the University of Utah, while working toward my Master's degree in Education. After completing my training, I taught 7th-9th grade science, including honors biology, for 5 years in Utah's public school system. Thirteen years ago, I moved to Portland with my husband, Ryan, and our two dogs. In September of 2011, we welcomed our daughter, Elena, and in April of 2015 our son, Porter, was born.
In the thirteen years since moving to Oregon, I have taught chemistry and biology in three different districts: this one, Gresham-Barlow and Beaverton. I actually taught biology here at West Linn twelve years ago on a one-year, temporary contract, then taught at Southridge High in Beaverton for two years before returning to WLHS in 2012. This year I am teaching all biology, but one of those classes is a pilot blended class, taught both in person and asynchronously.
Because I worked as a scientist for several years, I have seen first hand how science is applied to solve real life problems and feel that this is a strength I bring into my classroom. I strive to not only help students learn the "what" of scientific concepts, but also the "why" and "how". Within the context of science, I also place a strong focus on developing essential life skills like reading, writing, organization, and working with others. I encourage students to explore, observe, question and hypothesize about their world as we engage in a fun and exciting year of learning!