|Present||Biology Faculty, Illinois Math and Science Academy|
Professional Service and Affiliations
|2018||National Board Certified Teacher, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards|
- SI Biology
|2005 - 2007||Master of Science (MS), Biology/Biological Science, General, Northern Illinois University|
|2001 - 2005||Bachelor of Arts (BA) Biology/Biological Science, General, Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois|
Assessing Differences in Students' Experiences in Traditional versus Scientific Teaching-Based Biology Course Faculty Publications & Research (2010)
Introduction: The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), located in Aurora Illinois, is a public, three- year residential high school for students who are academically talented in mathematics and/or science. Students apply in their freshman ...
Conference Papers/Presentations (4)
Collaboration and inquiry for the science classroom Faculty Publications & Research (2019)
Science is a collaborative endeavor, where most of the significantly influential advances are achieved by groups of scientists working together across varying institutions and disciplines. To reflect this, we should offer opportunities for our students ...
Educator Stress: Finding Solutions to Combat Negativity, Exhaustion, and Burnout Faculty Publications & Research (2019)
What are habits of mind necessary for effective teaching? high levels of uncertainty attention to others mental flexibility emotion regulation relationship management skills working with conflict creatively being resilient after conflicts practicing forgiveness and relationship ...
Session 3e: Teaching Using UN Sustainable Development Goals Professional Learning Day (2018)
This session will focus on how we are using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as guideposts for curriculum development in several of our different science classes. Students will join us to present some of their ...
Session B-1: Current Events in Biology Professional Learning Day (2017)
Teaching fundamentals, while important, can sometimes take a toll on our motivation and enthusiasm for our subject because there are rarely significant changes in the content we might present from year to year. However, keeping ...
Session D-1: Science and Spaghetti Monsters: Addressing the ethical issues and controversy related to genomics and Evolution in the Biology classroom Professional Learning Day (2016)
As science teachers, we may shy away from addressing the controversy surrounding particular topics in our classrooms in order to maintain focus on content. However, the real world context of knowledge is essential, and the ...
Session C-1: Ecosystem Disruption: Using lab and real-world examples to bring changes in Earth’s ecosystems to life Professional Learning Day (2016)
The magnitude of the changes occurring in Earth’s ecosystems seems difficult to tackle in the classroom and lab. Here we explore ways to demonstrate the changes in the Earth’s water and carbon cycles in the ...
Session D:5: Visual Assessments in Biology Professional Learning Day (2013)
Most of us think of crayons and drawing paper as classroom tools for only the youngest of students, but we have found that incorporating assessments that require students to create visual representations of their understanding ...
Session B-1: Breaking News! Current Events in Biology Professional Learning Day (2012)
Relating the subject of biology to the advancements, discoveries, and interesting happenings out in the “real world” will help keep students excited and motivated in the classroom. In this presentation, we will discuss some current ...
Teacher Resources: Bioinformatics (18)
Comprehensive Course Syllabus Course Information (2015)
The bioinformatics seminar is focused on developing an understanding of the principles behind genomic analyses, developing skills using the different available bioinformatics programs, and becoming aware of the past developments and current research avenues that ...