Summary

I am a lifelong educator with 10 years experience working with middle school students in an independent private school environment as well as 15 years experience in higher education.  I am passionate about encouraging students, especially young girls and young women, to pursue careers in math and science. I have worked tirelessly to develop skepticism and scientific literacy in my students by providing real world examples and allowing them to reach evidence-based conclusions.  My independent school experience has provided me with many opportunities to develop new curricula, and I am constantly seeking new ways to help students develop critical thinking and research skills.  

Education

Education

Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology

Jan 1988 - Aug 1992
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Advisor: Edward Voss, Jr.  Thesis Title:  "Characterization and Analysis of Anti-Metatype Antibodies"

M.S. Microbiology and Immunology

Jan 1988 - Feb 1990
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

B.S. Biology

Aug 1983 - May 1987
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Work History

Work History

Middle School Math and Science Teacher

Aug 2006 - Present
Carolina Day School, Asheville, NC

Currently teaching 6th grade math and science, with a focus on human biology and environmental science

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Jan 1997 - May 2006
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

Taught courses in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Clinical Lab Sciences including Introductory Biology, Biochemistry, Human Physiology, Immunology, and Genetics

Assistant Professor of Biology

Aug 1992 - Dec 1996
Furman University, Greenville, SC

Taught courses in Introductory Biology, Cell Biology, Immunology, and Molecular Biology and mentored undergraduate students in immunology and cell biology research projects

Other Leadership Roles

Vertical Team Science Chairman at Carolina Day School                                       Aug 2011 - May 2015

Served as coordinator of the science curriculum for grades K-12.  Worked to facilitate curriculum mapping and to guide teachers in developing essential questions in the sciences

Varsity Swimming Coach at Carolina Day School                                                     Aug 2007 - Feb 2016

Coached swimmers from 6th grade to 12th grade.  Earned 4 NCISAA State Championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016 and was named "Coach of Year" in the Asheville Citizen Times in 2012 and 2016

Service Learning Coordinator for the Sixth Grade at Carolina Day School         Aug 2013 -  Present 

Helped to coordinate service learning opportunities for our students with Asheville GreenWorks, an organization committed to sustainability, environmental clean-ups, and community engagement in environmental issues

Trip Leader/Organizer for Service Learning in Costa Rica                                       June 2013 and 2015

Helped to develop a travel/study service-learning trip with Eco-Teach for 9th-12th graders to help preserve endangered sea turtles on the Caribbean coast and critically endangered frogs in the rainforest

Diversity Committee Founding Member                                                                     Aug 2006 - May 2008

Helped form a continuing committee at Carolina Day School to promote diversity and an understanding of how multiple perspectives can cultivate a richness of ideas and mutual respect for others