Humboldt State College (Biology)
Cal State Northridge (Master's)
I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Life Science from Humboldt State University, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University Northridge. I am a graduate of The WestEd National Academy K-12 Science and Mathematics Leadership Fellowship Program. My honors include, American Association for the Advancement of Immunology John D. Wallace Fellow; Tandy Teacher of the Year; Encino Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year; California League of High Schools Teacher of the Year Region 7; QuickScience and USC Outstanding Marine Science Teacher; CSU Northridge, National Science Foundation Research Director; City of Los Angeles Certificate of Commendation; National Institutes of Health- High School Science Teacher Research Program UCLA School of Dentistry Oral Cancer; Multiple Year Honoree- Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Certificate of Recognition.
In my twenty-nine years in as a teacher, I have worn many hats including: California Math Science Partnership Program Manager for LAUSD; Secondary Science Advisor for Local District 2 and Central; LAUSD California State University Liaison for Secondary Science; LAUSD Curriculum Development and Facilitation Lead for Immersion Professional Development-CSUN, CSULA, and CSUDH; and Co-Administrative Principle Investigator- Howard Hughes Medical Institute Pre-college Education Partnership Program, UCLA. Recently I held the 2012 Research for Teachers Marine Science position on the island of Moorea, and the 2010 Tropical Ecology Mentorship of Southern California, supported by the National Science Foundation.
I have had work published in cell abstracts, and have entries in The Journal of Student Research Abstracts Volumes 1-7. I was an editor on the NSF Research Directors Handbook, 1st and 2nd editions. Along with Ken Anderson, I co-authored the Sea Urchin Activities Manual, an IISME publication for the Center for Cancer and Developmental Biology at California State University Northridge.
My current courses include Honors Biology AB and Advanced Placement Biology, and my extracurricular activities include backpacking, climbing, kayaking, scuba diving, and cooking.
Lastly, I am an Angeles Forestry Supervisor with TreePeople, and a US Forest Service Volunteer on the Angeles Crest, Angeles River District.
I like to think, I know how people learn. It takes someone who can get to the misconceptions that a student may have, then challenge those conceptions to make sense in the student own mind. There are multiple ways for students to learn science. I may not have the answer for you, but we can sure try. I have taught to memorize biology and taught students to understand biology conceptually. I know most of the lessons that teachers in biology use, and I am very active in Common Core, and NGSS (next generation science standards).
Let me know what your goals are from the start, and we will travel that path together. Education is not a destination but a journey. Even with that said, there are mile stones that need to be met. Contact me and let's get started. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Life Science from Humboldt State University, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University Northridge. I am a graduate of The WestEd National Academy K-12 Science and Mathematics Leadership Fellowship Program. My honors include, American Association for
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As a high school student Biology was the only subject that actually intrigued me. After spend two years in Yosemite and other rock climbing hangouts, my thirst for more information about the environment came to a head. I went back to school and took every biology course I could. I started tutoring, first for the money to get through college. My professors recommended me to students based on the success of my students. I was encouraged to pursue a teaching career and have not looked back since. I have enjoyed teaching Principals, Teachers and Students for the last 29 years. I can use a variety of teaching strategies that individualize instruction. So lets get this done. I am a no nonsense instructor. Lets make the connection.
In twenty nine years of teaching, ecology has been one of my strongest topics of instruction. I am the co-author of the LAUSD model lesson on ecology for high school. I have spent time in Moorea, and Costa Rica studying the local ecology sponsored by the National Science foundation. Currently I am a volunteer for the US Forest Service on the Angeles District. I enjoy educating the public on the ecology of our local forest.
I have taught genetics for 29 years, both high school and middle school. I have worked in molecular biology labs at UCLA and CSUN. I have co-authored papers and abstracts that use the basic principles of Mendelian and population genetics in order to provide evidence for our claims. I have sequenced genes (exons) using the Sanger method, as well as using a sequencer to analyze cDNA. I have written computer programs (IMMEX: Which Plasmid is it?) that have been used in immunology classes in college and high school classes around the country. I currently breed Brassica rapa (fastplants) to use in the teaching of Mendelian genetics.