While majoring in the sciences at the University of Vermont, I recognized that the great majority of my science teachers and instructors were male. Soon after graduating, I wanted to become a secondary science educator in hopes of serving as a role model for young female scientists. My favorite subjects to teach were Anatomy & Physiology, Marine Biology, Biology, and Freshmen Science: because Freshmen are fun! I worked toward creating Inquiry-Based lessons for students to develop problem-solving skills and a curiosity of the natural world. I have taught grades 7-12 at Saco Middle, Poland Regional High School, Edward Little High School, and Auburn Middle School. In addition to teaching science, I have enjoyed working with students outside the classroom as a middle school girls’ soccer coach, dance team advisor, ski club advisor, and class advisor.
In 2011 I received my Masters of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Joseph’s College. For three years I served as an Instructional Coach at Edward Little High school; helping staff develop unit plans, curriculum, and instructional strategies linked to Standards and Targets for Proficiency Based Learning. I enjoyed working with colleagues on a regular basis, but missed the day-to-day interaction with students. It soon became clear it was time to take the leap into administration, which would create a unique opportunity to support both teacher work and student learning.
Outside of school, I enjoy downhill skiing, snowshoeing and cycling with my husband, and attending my two teenage sons sporting events.