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I have always had an interest in science from a very young age. I really enjoy the outdoors and have a tremendous curiosity about the world around me.
One of my goals in working with students is for them to rekindle or develop that curiosity about the world around them...science is EVERYWHERE!
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biology at Saint Louis University in 1993.
While earning my degree I worked as a lab technician for two years, working on sequencing the DNA of soybeans that were resistant to nematodes.
I then had an internship at the St. Louis Zoo where I worked with a reproductive biologist and participated in a number of various reproductive studies.
I earned my teaching certification from the University of Missouri-St Louis in 1996.
I started teaching in the fall of 1996. These are the courses I have taught over the last 23+ years: Bio 1: Cells & Variation, Chem 1: Matter and Change, Honors Biology 2-3, and Concepts of Chemistry 2-3.
I earned my Masters of Secondary Education in 2003 from the University of Missouri- St Louis.
I have taken additional classes after earning my masters degree (well over 30+ hours of credit) and continue to look for opportunities to learn strategies and information to help students in their learning.
I want my students to see that their teacher still has a love of learning and hopefully that will transfer to them as well.