Printing tool Download PDF

Work experience

August 2008Present


Jefferson County Public Schools

Samuel V. Noe Middle School

Science and Robotics Teacher (6th and 7th grade); Gifted and Talented Magnet Program, Advanced Placement Magnet Program, Special Education, Comprehensive Education

Robotics Coach (2015-Present)

Environmental/Outdoors Club Sponsor (2008-Present)

Science Grade Level PLC Lead (2010-2016)

Budget Committee Member  (2010-2012)

Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council Representative (2009-2010)

Soccer Coach (2008-2012), Basketball Coach (2008-2014), Golf Coach (2011-2013)


August 2007May 2009

Master of Arts in Teaching

Bellarmine University

Program Emphasis in Multicultural Eduction

4.0 GPA

Completed Student Teaching Semester at Noe Middle School

August 2001May 2006

Bachelor of Arts in Education

University of Kentucky

Graduated with Honors (Cum Laude)

Academic Dean's list

President of Greenthumb Environmental Club, 2005

Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher, I strive to open the minds of my students everyday by helping them not only master content knowledge, but also by helping them see themselves as integral parts of our changing world. I demonstrate respectful and caring relationships with all students and communicate that same expectation for the way that they treat one another in my classroom. In this way, my students learn how to respectfully interact with people in a diverse world. I integrate cultural and environmental awareness into my pedagogy. I do this in an effort to motivate my students to act as informed and compassionate global citizens.  

I base my teaching philosophy on a student-centered approach to learning. I act as a facilitator for students' learning in my classroom. I encourage my students to develop their voices and to be active participants in our classroom community. I continually have my students reflect and self-assess their progress as we work through our units of study to ensure that the students take part in their own education. I believe that students learn best through an inquiry-based curriculum. In my science classes, I conduct a variety of nature studies and hands-on lab activities (frequently integrating technology) in which students construct knowledge through their own experiences. My ultimate goal through this student-centered, inquiry-based approach is to help my students develop a thirst for learning and give them the skills and desire that they need to become lifelong learners and creative workers in the 21st century.

I am an extremely passionate teacher. I pursued teaching as a career because I knew it was a profession in which I could make a positive contribution to my community and world. The passion that drives me comes from the growth I observe in my students over the course of a school year and throughout their middle school careers. When I see that I have positively affected the lives of my students I am overcome with joy. There is nothing more fulfilling for me than helping enlighten the minds of our world's future leaders. It is this fulfillment that inspires me to continue my work as an educator, and it is that passion and joy that above all else I try to spark and encourage in my students.      

Teaching Portfolio

Letters of Recommendation

Gina Shemwell- Noe Middle School Assistant Principal

Tara Hengartner- Noe Middle School Science Department Head