Poudre High School, IB Dipolma Recipent
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry Teaching, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
I was born and raised in FoCo to a family of teachers. The school year was filled with learning (fav courses were math & science) and summer was filled with road-trips to all over the United States! I have been to 47 of the 50 states as well as abroad in several places in Europe and Central America (and Canada, our friends to the north). I graduated from Poudre and have found myself back here as a teacher. That's CRAZY! I have such a deep appreciation for the teachers at PHS who have made me into the life-long learner I am today. And I also truly honored to be a peer among them today. I was also a IB kid while here at Poudre with an HL (higher level) in Chemistry.
After high school, I thought it time to live somewhere outside of Colorado and chose a small town in southern Minnesota. I attended Gustavus Adolphus College, a small liberal arts school in St. Peter, MN, and absolutely loved it! I enrolled as a chemistry major but that quickly turned into a chemistry teaching major when I realized my love edcuation both as student and teacher. My time at Gustavus was spent being a teaching assistant for chem labs, a tutor, vice-president of our chemistry club and an RA for one year. In the summers I returned to Colorado to work summer jobs, including 2 summers at a camp at 9,200 ft evaluation where I was a backpacking coordinator and had many encounters with various types of wildlife.
After graduation, I returned home to my roots in Colorado and received my Colorado Teaching Certification. I taught one year of chemistry and biology at Berthoud High School as well as being their STEM Coordinator. That job gave me some great experience before ultimately I landed here at good ol' Poudre. Once an impala, always an impala. I did not know how or when, but I did know that my high school years would not be my last at PHS and I am very excited for this chapter of my teaching life.
When not teaching or preparing for teaching or sleeping from teaching so much, I enjoy spending time with my family, seeing the sites and tasting the deliciousness that is the FoCo food scene, reading, watching movies, playing board games and enjoying nature. If I do not get at least one camping trip in per season, then my whole vibe is off. And of course, learning all that I can about the world and people around me.
Quotes that I tell my chemistry students when they ask me if chem is hard:
"Chemistry is not a difficult subject, it is a different subject" -Dr. Schramm, 2017
There are two reigning ideas in my classroom:
1. Science is a collaborative subject. We are a global community working together to learn and discover more about our world, through hands on experience and teamwork, my students join that community daily as they learn to change and hone their analytical skills to become better chemists, biologists, scientists and people everyday.
2. Personal reflection, resilience & a growth mindset as keys to success. I try to include as much personal reflection and intangible skill building in my classroom as possible. We are individual learners and each person's journey is different. I hope to give my students the chance to stop and consider how exactly they can be successful and then execute that plan and then adapt when it doesn't work. Because it won't. But it is in those moments that we learn who we are as people and build resilience that will be with us the rest of our lives.