I found my science calling in 10th grade. I was inspired by "hands on learning" and when I went to graduate school that was my focus. I have always been fascinated by the biological and ecological sciences wanting to investigate "how life works." As a working biology researcher, writer and a high school and college biology teacher I found that devoting time to student’s interests allowed students to be more successful in their classes. Providing students with a clear understanding of how systems work provides them with the technical skills to understand biological concepts. Biology is like following a road map. Once you find the right road the learning adventure begins.
Teaching has always been a passion of mine. I have worked in three different zoo's taking care of many different exotic species. Animal husbandry is not the only job in a zoo, teaching people about how, why and where animals live is also important. Having that experience allowed me to enter the teaching profession and bring that passion to the classroom. One of my favorite comments from students is when they say “Wow, I got it.” This clear understanding of a biological concept is a first step on classroom success.
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