I have been a Chemistry teacher at Big Sky High School for twenty-some years and have served as the Science Department Co-Chair for more than a dozen years. I have been involved in several Inquiry–based curriculum development projects and trainings. Most notable of these has been the Frameworks for Inquiry Chemistry Project with Dr. Mark Cracolice at The University of Montana Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Along with five other Chemistry teachers from around the state of Montana we have developed a unique High School Inquiry Based Chemistry curriculum. I have also worked with Dr. Tony Ward from the Center for Environmental Health Sciences on air quality related projects designed to bring project based learning experiences to high school chemistry students.
I have received several grants for various projects including 2007 Toshiba Foundation of America Science Education Grant ($18K), 2004 Toshiba Foundation of America Science Education Grant ($20K), and 2004 NSTA/Toyota TAPESTRY Grant ($10K). Additionally received the 2009 Gustav Ohaus Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, the 2006 NSTA Vernier Technology Award, the 2005 Best Buy TEACH Award, and the 2005 ACS Division of Chemistry Education Northwest Region Teaching Excellence Award.
My basic science teaching philosophy is students learn science concepts best when they can relate concepts directly to data from experiments they conduct themselves. Data to concept, baby, data to concept!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am an avid climber, skier and biker. I can not bear the thought of spending my free time indoors.