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Education

B. S. Chemistry,   The University of Alabama

M. A. Secondary Education- General Science,  The University of Alabama



Experience

I began my teaching career at Tuscaloosa Magnet Middle School.  I taught 7th Grade Life Science and 8th Grade Physical Science for a semester as I completed my degree.

I then taught at Buckhorn High School for four years.  Over that time, I taught Pre AP Chemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science and Principles of Physics.

This is my third year at James Clemens High School.  I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to help students explore the world of chemistry!  This year, students in Chemistry I, Pre AP Chemistry I and Chemistry II can look forward to several hands-on lab investigations.  They will receive many opportunities to work collaboratively with peers in the classroom that will develop skills (such as leadership, teamwork, organization and communication) to prepare them for college and/or career. 

 



Bio

I am a native of Huntsville, Alabama and have lived in the area all of my life.  I attended Virgil I. Grissom High School at which I acquired my spark of interest in science after taking chemistry.  I traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to attend college at the University of Alabama (*Roll Tide!).  After several experiences doing undergraduate research, summer internships, and tutoring opportunities, I discovered that teaching others the foundation principles of science was more of my passion than laboratory research.  I graduated from the university with a B.S. in Chemistry and a M.A. in Secondary Education Science. Beyond education, I love traveling with family, photography, music, and SEC football and gymnastics.


I am Laying the Foundation(LTF) trained in chemistry as well as AMSTI/ASIM trained in chemistry, biology and physics. Therefore, I intend to incorporate these hands-on learning programs into my curriculum.  


I truly love the subject I teach.  Students should be using the following key features in my classroom:

  • Interactive notebook/lab notebook that mimic the types of notebooks professional scientists use to record notes during experiments.  Students will hold 95% of the work they do in this notebook (notes, vocabulary, class activities, demonstrations, lab experiments).  Exceptions would be long homework assignments, major projects, quizzes, and tests.
  • Emphasis on Organization and Lab Safety.
  • Flipped Learning in which basic instruction/review is completed at home through videos, simulations, and readings.  The majority of classroom time is spent investigating and applying science concepts via activities and lab experiments, and mastering concepts through discussion and practice.



As a parent or student, please feel free to contact me regarding any questions or concerns by email.



Let's have a great year learning science!