I completed my undergraduate at University of Wisconsin, Madison. I majored in Zoology and Biological Aspects of Conservation. I also spent a semester studying on a research sailboat through Sea Education Association during this time. Later I completed a M. Ed at University of Minnesota in science education.
I grew up in Wisconsin. As an undergraduate I had a professor challenge all of us in a conservation studies class to try teaching. Her belief was that the greatest thing we can do to help others and the environment is to teach future generations. Although my initial passion was natural science and aquatic biology I decided to take her up on her challenge. I found my vocation within a few weeks of teaching at SoundWaters, a floating classroom in Long Island Sound. Over the years I've been fortunate to teach in various places including on decks of sailboats, classrooms in New York City and St. Paul. I also spent 7 years teaching at Conserve School, a boarding school in northern Wisconsin. After moving to Colorado in 2014 I am thrilled to now work in Fort Collins at Poudre High School.
Outside of the classroom I work for the College Board. I provide trainings to new teachers to prepare them for AP Environmental Science. I also help grade the essay portion of the AP Environmental Science exam each June. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, kayaking, reading, biking, nordic skiing, and triathlons.
I will be a hummingbird, I will do the best that I can.
AP Environmental Science
My classroom is student centered, culturally sensitive, and strives to prepare students for their lives in a global society.