This year will be my 12th year in the Woods community as both teacher and parent. I look forward to the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for science with a new group of high school freshmen, and to sharing a milestone year with departing seniors in AP Biology. I will be advising seniors in the college application process this year. With support from Woods, I have been fortunate to attend professional development instruction for the AP Capstone curriculum that allows students to pursue independent research as a year-long course at Woods. In its fifth year now, I am eager to learn which projects students will choose to pursue this year in AP Research. Recently, I earned an Outstanding Educator Award from Chicago University on nomination from one of our own Woods graduates.
My interests in science are long-standing and have been the focus of a 15-year career in academic research. I earned my B.S. from Davidson College, MAT from Duke University, and PhD from Vanderbilt University. As a former scientist, I have studied the human brain, learning and memory, and neurodegenerative processes in pursuit of my graduate degree in Pharmacology. At Duke, I enjoyed teaching and mentoring high school students to complete research projects in Pharmacology and I enjoyed writing curricula for high school students as part of the Duke Center for Science Education and for the National Institute of Health (NIAAA). My research in both science and science education is published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Chemical Education and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. My work with high school student research was recognized by the North Carolina Science Math and Technology Center. I have a continued interest in fostering research and writing skills to prepare students for 21st century careers in science and for informed decision-making in life. We will also be introducing and practicing the use of spreadsheets and graphing for data analysis.
My combined teaching experience includes graduate, undergraduate (Duke) and high school students in formal and informal settings in both private and public schools. I am a National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Senior Scholar, a mentor for new Noyce teachers, a member of the first AP Biology Leadership Academy, and a UNC Climate Fellow, and served as a CDC Ambassador teacher. Each of the experiences and has led to new explorations in my own teaching practice.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time outside with my family.