"A collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house."Henri Poincaré, French physicist and mathematician (1854-1912)Poincaré's quote is a guiding philosophy for science at Hellgate, where we train students in the process of science inquiry rather than simply having them collect a "heap of facts." My teaching goals are to generate a passion for science and life-long learning in my students and to help prepare them for their future lives both inside and outside of the classroom. I also try to be as available as possible to my students and encourage them to contact me at school, via email, or at home on the phone if they have a question about a class.I started my teaching career through the Teach For America program, educating inner-city youth in the San Francisco Bay Area, and earned my teaching credential through the Math And Science Teacher Education Program at San Jose State. I have Montana teaching endorsements in Biology as well as Broadfield Science (this includes biology, earth sciences, chemistry, physics) and am a "National Board Certified Teacher," holding certificationOne of my professional interests is international education and teacher training. I studied the Japanese education system in Tokyo through a Fulbright Memorial Fund award, twice traveled to Russia through the U.S. State Department to train teachers, authored a science teaching-techniques manual (Catalyst Teaching), and work with Teachers Without Borders (TWB), having designed and conducted a five-day TWB workshop on science inquiry in Chengdu, China for local science teachers. In 2017, I attended an environmental education workshop in Taiwan that was sponsored by the EPA. I have also been co-leading science research trips for Hellgate students to Costa Rica, the Galapagos, and Baja since 2004.I am honored to work with so many outstanding teachers here at Hellgate where opportunities for students abound.Follow this link if you're interested in viewing a ten-minute video of some of my work with Teachers Without Borders (2010).
Period 1 - Biology 1
Period 2 - Professional Learning Team
Period 3 - Biology 1
Period 4 - Biology 1
Period 5 - Biology 1
Period 6 - Prep
Period 7 - Advanced Problems in Science