Since I started my career here at GM, I have taught Freshman Earth Science with a little Physics, and Robotics mixed in here and there. I currently teach Earth Science and Honors Earth Science. Earth Science is a course that deals primarily with skills in measuring, graphing, identification, and observation relating to earth in space, earth structure, atmosphere, weather, and rocks and minerals. The course is a “nuts and bolts” approach to the study of the Earth Sciences, and an introduction to the skills that students will need to be successful in their high school careers. I will do my best to introduce students to the different aspects and theories concerning Earth Science as well as societal effects and careers in Earth Science. One of the main differences between Earth Science and Honors Earth Science is that expectations are higher; the level of math tends to be accelerated; and students in Honors are expected to complete a book reflection each semester. I am planning on keeping the students in Honors in a mild state of frustration. I will rarely give an answer upon request. I will do my best to encourage the students to keep thinking until they come up with an answer. All students will be expected to articulate their understanding both verbally and in a written format. The primary tools that the students should leave the class with in their tool belt is learning to follow directions, think critically and ask questions, and solve a wide range of problems.
I grew up in Sterling, CO out in the northeastern plains of Colorado near where my great-great-grandfather homesteaded in the late 1890’s. Since I was a small child, I wanted to be a teacher. I graduated from Sterling High School after participating in variety of activities ranging from sports to chorus.
- AA from Northeastern Junior College
- BS in Physical Science and a double minor in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Colorado State University
- Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) and Rocky Mountain Region Teacher of the Year in 2011
- American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) National Teacher of the Year for 2012