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Education

After a tour of majors and universities, I ended up doing the bulk of my undergraduate and all of my graduate studies at Georgia State University in Physics and Astrophysics.  I also dabbled in math, music, and French.

Hiking in the French Alps



Experience

From 1995 to 2001 I taught astronomy and tutored physics and math at Georgia State University in Atlanta.  I designed and taught labs for introductory astronomy classes for both undergraduate and graduate classes.

In 1999 I was honored to have a chance to study stellar astrophysics at the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.Balcony of the Pope's Palace

Balcony of the Pope's palace in Castel Gandolfo

From 2001 to 2013 I taught in North Carolina (Charlotte and Greensboro).  I have had the joy of teaching chemistry, astronomy, algebra, and all levels of physics - both at the high school (including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate) and collegiate levels at High Point University.  Summers, and when I was not teaching at HPU, I worked with NASA's educator institute developing lessons for teachers, I served on the Educatory Advisory Board for Discovery Place museum in Charlotte, NC for 4 years, and was a Piedmont Natural Gas STEM Fellow with TIMCO Aerosystems where I shadowed engineers and designers and developed lessons for middle and high school students to cultivate the skills needed for these professions. I developed district-wide assessments for Physics, Physical Science, and Chemistry both for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Guilford County Schools. I was also an Internal Assessment grader for the International Baccalaureate Programme where I assessed physics lab reports submitted to me from around the world.

In high school and college I marched with the marching bands which lead me to joining the Atlanta Olympic Band.  I performed in the opening and closing ceremonies at the 1996 Olympic Games as well as other public events around the country.  From 2000 - 2010 I served on the board for the Georgia Tech Band Alumni Association.

Atlanta Olympic Band in New York for the Macy's Parade in 1994


Starting in 2016 I began working with College Board to score AP Physics exams.

I have sponsored and worked with a variety of clubs and student groups over the years including band, color guard, astronomy, Science National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Interact.

I moved to Alabama in 2013, and I am excited to be part of the Jet Family at JCHS where I helped coach the Color Guard and Winter Guard and work with the Chess Team!



Bio

I am originally from Atlanta, GA.  My husband and I met while playing in the band at Georgia Tech (Go Jackets!).  We lived in various parts of North Carolina for 12 years and moved to Madison, Alabama in 2013.  I have a son and daughter and two cats who keep me busy outside of school.  When I'm not teaching, I like to read, go to movies, play soccer, and go to football games.