Degrees and Certifications:
Elementary Education @ FSU Gifted Endorsement Reading Endorsement Wind Ambassador (wind energy)
Born in the state of Washington, I was taken hiking up Mt. Ranier in my first two months of life in December! That was the beginning of my love for the great outdoors and understanding the world around me. My family soon moved to New York and eventually to Tallahassee in 1979, and immediately fell in love with this beautiful city we now call home!
My husband enjoys examining the way things work through architecture and works in a local office. Our son is 22, and we have a 16 year old daughter in Lincoln High School's 'Center for Gifted Studies.' Our family also adopted a rescue dog a few years ago, Daisy. We enjoy hiking in the Smokey Mountains and taking walks along Florida's sandy beaches with the waves lapping at our toes. Each summer we look for a new adventure to get to know our country better. This past summer my daughter, 2 neices and I camped and hiked in Acadia National Park in Maine and in the Smokey Mountains. At home, I enjoy gardening, especially butterfly gardens! My favorite insects are butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs (ladybugs eat the aphids that eat my milkweed!).
My passion is sharing my love for our world, understanding how things work, and seeing how things connect with my students. After teaching Science in special area at my previous school, as well as TAG classes and having an after school STEM Club for ten years, I'm thrilled to be teaching STEAM to Buck Lake's Bobcats...who are our future inventors, innovators, writers and leaders of the world! Deepening our students' science literacy is an important part of my job.
We enjoy offering a variety of STEM-based clubs including FIRST LEGO League (FLL), FIRST LEGO League Jr (LEGO Jr) and Coding (students who are able to pass the test at the end of the course will receive a certificate in the area...this is a highly challegning program designed for middle and high school students).