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University of West Florida/Pensacola Jr College (Biology)
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI (Master's)
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI (PhD)
As a fully-licensed, currently-employed, experienced teacher in a small, rural elementary school, I am able to bring the best in knowledge, understanding, and skills to our efforts in bringing academic success to your child.
I have a particularly strong background in science and math, with an emphasis on experiential learning. I really enjoy teaching and believe that I can help your child reach and remain at a meaningful level of success. As a fully-licensed, currently-employed, experienced teacher in a small, rural elementary school, I am able to bring the best in knowledge, understanding, and skills to our efforts in bringing academic success to your child.
I have a particularly strong background in science and
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I hold an MSc. and Ph.D. in Botany, with a minor in Biochemistry, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My studies and research were supported by a 4-year Teaching Fellowship, during which time I taught in the General Botany and Plant Anatomy classes. Following graduation, I held a 3-year post-doctoral research fellowship in the Plant Biology Department at Cornell University. I was then hired as an assistant professor by the University of Montreal to teach in the Biological Sciences Department, as a member of the Plant Biology Research Institute. There, I taught Plant Anatomy and a graduate course in Plant Development, as well as directing graduate students working toward MS. and Ph.D. degrees.
On returning to the United States and taking up a teaching position in an elementary school as the school's Science Specialist Teacher, I regularly taught units in plant science, ecology, plant and animal habitats and adaptations across all grade levels. I worked in this position for eight years, after which I became a regular classroom teacher with a combined fifth and sixth grade class, the position I currently hold.
I have a current Elementary (1-6) Professional License (#364880) from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and have been teaching a combined fifth and sixth grade class in all core subjects (English language arts, math, science, social studies) for three years.
Previously, I was the Science Specialist Teacher for the school, providing instruction to kindergarten through sixth grade students, while teaching math to fifth and sixth graders.
I currently provide technical support, as well as assistance in technology integration into the curriculum for my school, which uses only Macintosh computers. All upper-grade students (3-6 graders) are provided with a Macintosh laptop. I teach my combined class of fifth and sixth grade students the uses of a variety of Apple software, from word processing applications (Microsoft Word, OpenOffice) to media software (PowerPoint, iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, Picasa), to Internet applications (Safari, Chrome, Firefox) and website development (KomPozer). I manage our wireless network and perform regular updates and troubleshooting of Macintosh computer-related issues. My experience as a Macintosh user began in 1993 and includes scientific applications, as well as more traditional uses of computer technology.
With respect to providing personal support for both students and staff, I listen carefully to the user and focus my input on helping the user accomplish the tasks they set. I do not overload my students with unnecessary information. I make sure that I'm teaching them at a level appropriate to their current understanding and needs, not what I feel they "have" to be doing or requiring them to use their computers according to my standards. I enjoy using computers and feel they can be an important asset and tool, particularly when a user is comfortable with their knowledge, understanding, and skills.