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I grew up in a small town in Rochester, NY called Honeoye Falls. Early on, I enjoyed being outside and spending time out in nature. I graduated from SUNY Brockport with a degree in Biology and a minor in Earth Science. Once I graduated, I worked for the National Park Service as a graduate student assistant and Biological Technician. I worked at Sequoia National Park researching and collecting data on how fire impacts wildlife and the ecosystem. In addition, I worked with Yellowstone Ecosystem Studies researching the impact of wolf reintroduction on wildlife populations in Yellowstone National Park.
I returned to school in NY and began my teaching degree. I moved to Colorado in 2003, and started my teaching career as the 8th grade science teacher at Manitou Springs Middle School. In 2006, I was interviewed at Pine Creek High School and accepted my current teaching job at the BEST school in Colorado Springs.
Why I Teach:
I absolutely loved my biology jobs in the field. They were my passion because they were dynamic and I was outside everyday, in beautiful places. So why on Earth would I switch to teaching? I found that my passion for the environment and wildlife needed to be shared with younger generations in order to preserve and maintain the health of our planet. I want to instill the wonder and excitement that I have when I visit parks and experience nature and wildlife in students, to foster the responsibility of stewardship.
My Teaching Philosophy:
Getting an education is paramount for a society to function effectively and morally. My belief is not that every student should be passionate about Biology; but rather be passionate about learning HOW to learn and being able to make decisions based on objective, reliable sources. As a global society, we need to be aware of many issues that happen outside the our immediate community, and this requires a desire to continue learning beyond our formal school years. I want students to be successful, which means grow - NOT necessarily get an A. To accomplish this, I have chosen to adopt a Standards Based Reporting framework. This gives students a specific set of targets to aim for, making expectations clear. In addition, it rewards perseverance and demonstration of mastery in areas of interest.