I have been an enthusiastic educator my entire adult life. Teaching is not what I do; it is who I am. My primary goal is to inspire my students to embrace a lifelong joy of learning. I believe that teaching and learning should be engaging, relevant and fun!
I have 15 years experience as a certified classroom teacher and 35 years experience as an outdoor educator, naturalist and guide. I have taught all ages from kindergarten to adult. I specialize in an integrated, interdisciplinary approach that
employs a wide variety of teaching techniques to provide all students with diverse learning opportunities that meet their individual needs. I emphasize inquiry based, hands on projects that provide real world exploration and application. This keeps learning engaging and relevant.
My favorite subjects are science and mathematics. In science, I especially enjoy teaching aerodynamics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, ecology and meteorology. In mathematics, I enjoy teaching numbers & operations, fractions, decimals & percents, measurement, probability & statistics, pre-algebra, algebra and geometry.
I graduated from the University of Virginia as an Interdisciplinary Major Program (IMP) Scholar with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Science, Technology and Intellectual Development. I earned my elementary and secondary teaching certification at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Virginia-Main Campus - Bachelor in Arts, Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Graduate Degree: University of Alaska Fairbanks - Certificate, Education
I am an active outdoor enthusiast and enjoy long distance bike touring, camping, cross country skiing, canoeing, fly fishing and most of all, paragliding! As a mountaineer in Alaska in the 1980's, I helped pioneer the development of the new sport of paragliding. I became one of the first certified instructors in the country and paragliding has become a life long passion. I have also worked as an outdoor educator, naturalist and guide for 35 years. This includes working as a ski instructor and glacier guide, as well as an advanced paragliding instructor. I worked at the REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) in Anchorage, Alaska for 16 years promoting an active outdoor lifestyle and educating customers on outdoor gear and equipment. I love the outdoors! My favorite indoor sport is chess. I started playing as a young boy and enjoyed going to chess tournaments with my father and competing against adults. As teacher, I founded chess clubs at three different schools in Alaska. I enjoy teaching chess to students of all ages.
6th Grade Algebra
7th Grade Algebra
8th Grade Algebra
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing