Chemistry is a laboratory based science class designed for students who have a general interest in chemistry. The first semester covers introductory chemistry, measurements, the periodic table, nomenclature, chemical reactions, and nuclear chemistry. The second semester covers gas laws, thermochemistry, electrochemistry and acid-base chemistry.
Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary laboratory science course. Topics covered include: analysis of evidence, crime scene investigation, hair & fiber analysis, fingerprint analysis, pathology, entomology, forensic anthropology, blood spatter analysis, toxicology and DNA. Students investigate a crime scene, collect the evidence, analyze the evidence and find the killer! If you like CSI (and all those other crime shows), this is the class for you!
I grew up in Colorado and consider this amazing state home! I graduated from high school in Montana, and then traveled east for college. In 2001 I received a B.A. in Biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. After college I spent a year working in a combinatorial chemistry laboratory at Albany Molecular in Albany, New York. Wanting to return to the mountains, I moved to Boulder for graduate school. In 2003 I received a M.S. in Chemistry from CU-Boulder. I completed my teaching credential and started working at GMHS in 2005. I truly enjoy sharing my love of chemistry with students!
In order to support the academy model, I started teaching a course in Forensic Science in 2010.
When I am not at school, I enjoy being outdoors. I have recently become obsessed with triathlons, and spend most days riding my bike or running.