BREAKING NEWS: On August 16, 2023 I was notified that I have been awarded Environmental Educators NC Outstanding Practitioner Award. This award "recognizes a member of the Environmental Educators of North Carolina who works regularly as an environmental educator, lending their skills to the growing body of environmental education as a profession. The individual will have made significant contributions to the Environmental Educators of North Carolina through statewide participation, leadership in their region, and being an advocate for high quality education through how they teach, live, and do" (https://www.eenc.org/Awards).
As I enter my 26th year teaching - 20 of which has been at Woods- I continue to be excited to work with students! I am a high school science teacher - teaching AP and Honors Environmental Science and Marine & Aquatc Science.
My goal for all my classes is for students to become more AWARE of issues and for them to ask questions and seek answers.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Biological Science from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. I hold a Masters of Arts in Science Education from New York University and a Masters in Education in School Counseling from North Carolina State University. In January 2021, I completed an additional 50+ hours to recertify as a NC Certified Environmental Educator. I am an alumni of a UNC-Chapel Hill Fellowship program entitled C.L.I.M.A.T.E , UNC Energy Fellow, and a UNC- Chapel Hill Get OUTDOORS fellow. I am currently a UNC IDEA Fellow (Iterative Design to Engage All Learners Program). Finally, I am a Certified Meterology Teacher from the Society of American Teacher.
I have permanent teaching licenses in New York State, New York City and North Carolina for Science grades 6-12. In addition, I am a Licensed School Counselor for K-12 in North Carolina.
The most appealing aspect of Woods for me is the relationships that are formed between the staff and students. I can remember that ONE teacher in my HS career who was there for me, encouraged me and picked me up when I fell down. Each day I teach, I aspire to be that ONE teacher for a student! At Woods, these relationships are encouraged, fostered and are the cornerstone of our community. It is the "Woods Way"!
Furthermore, please note that I use Google Classroom for all my classes, all handouts and PowerPoints are loaded onto these pages weekly. Additionally, at least 80% of all our work will be submitted digitally via the Google Classroom. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOUR CHILD HAVE A DEVICE THAT HE/SHE/THEY CAN ACCESS BOTH AT HOME AND AT SCHOOL. I have added the course syllabi, grading policy and course outline for ALL courses here, please refer to these documents as references.