I was born in a small town at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. I grew up a country girl, fascinated with science and nature. At different times I’ve lived in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Oregon. From farm to small town and eventually to big city, my love for science has stayed with me. I took all the science courses my high school offered, then attended the University of Oklahoma where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Laboratory Technology and Microbiology. After graduation, I got a job with a veterinarian as a laboratory technician and animal care assistant. Though this was an unexpected career choice, I loved working with animals so much that I stayed with the veterinary profession for many years.
Through the years I spent many hours helping my children with their homework and being involved in their schools. I enjoyed tutoring in college and at the schools my children attended. Eventually I realized how much I would love to be a teacher. When the opportunity arose to attend Portland State University and earn my teaching certificate with a Master’s degree in Education, I didn’t hesitate. My university coursework and student teaching reinforced my certainty that this was the right choice for me. Today I’m proud to be a high school science teacher, eager to share what I know about science and just as eager to learn what my students know.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy being outdoors. I love bicycling, walkabouts around Portland, camping, fishing, hiking, and sleeping in a tent. I also love reading and writing. For years I’ve kept a journal and have written short stories, poetry, and non fiction essays. Listening to and making music is an important part of my life. I even played bass in an all-woman rock/blues band for several years before moving to Portland.
Teacher Initial II – Biology, Physical Sciences
National Education Association (NEA)
Oregon Education Association (OEA)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Oregon Academy of Science (OAS)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)