Welcome to my page!
Hello and welcome. Thank you for taking time to visit my website. I hope you will find it a useful resource throughout the year. Just click on the links to left to visit your class page. I'm looking forward to spending a great year with you!
This is my 10th year at Pioneer. That's right. I've been here since the school opened. I teach Biology, Zoology/Botany, and this year I will also be teaching Anatomy & Physiology. You may think it's boring to teach the same thing multiple times a day for multiple years, but every class is different and far from boring. The best part of my job is getting to know my students and doing my best to inspire them to shoot for more than mediocracy.
I have always loved science, wierd, I know. I went to college at UC Davis and graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology and a minor in Exercise Physiology. It wasn't until my junior year that I finally decided what I wanted to do with my life - teach. I decided to become a teacher because after working in a lot of labs, I learned that it just wasn't for me. Too boring. I had a few summer jobs where I had the opportunity to work with youth and found out that not only was I really good at it, but I really enjoyed it too. I was reminded of all the teachers I had in school. They gave me a love for learning and really helped shape the person I became. I wanted to be like the teachers I had in school to a new generation. So I went to school for an additional year and a half and earned my credential and even a Masters degree. Nine years later, I'm still loving what I do.
Outside of school I like to spend time with my family and friends and my 10 year old boxer-mix, Gracie Lou. I'm a new mom. Last fall my husband and I welcomed our daughter Emma into the world. I'm an avid runner, waking up at 4:00 AM now to squeeze in a workout before I have to commute to work. I love to read when I have time. I spend a lot of time grading papers and writing lectures in front of the TV.
Don't be surprised if you see me at a football game, school concert or play. We have such talented students at Pioneer and I love supporting them inside and outside of the classroom. GO PATRIOTS!
I Teach Because ...
I teach because I believe that loving what you do and making a difference in the life of somebody else is more important than how much money you make. I teach because all youth need someone to believe in them. I teach because I’m not afraid to try new things and hear new ideas to become better at what I do. I teach because a student learning a multitude of life lessons in my classroom is more important than just the standardized curriculum. I teach because I had wonderful teachers who gave me a love for learning that I wanted to share with others. I teach because I want to inspire. I teach because I am patient, kind, compassionate, and a positive role model. I teach because I believe students need a teacher who will not quit on them especially when they are frustrated and want to give up. I teach because I want to give students a place that is comfortable, fun, engaging, and full of hope. I teach because I live for the moments when the light bulb comes on, when old students come to visit, when I feel like I have made a connection. I teach because I want my students to know that their worth is determined by so much more than their grades. I teach because I love that I can be a total dork in front of my students. I teach because every student that walks through my door is a precious human being, even if they have “issues”, and I love the challenge and excitement of working with them and learning from them.