Hello! I am the Discovery Science teacher for Kindergarten through Fifth grade. Your students attend my class about once a week for a focused exploration of nature. Students engage in activities which utilize all of the research they have completed in their homeroom. Throughout the school year we discuss science safety, science tools, force and motion, matter and energy, weather, plants, soil and animals. The students learn academic science vocabulary through hands-on investigations or research using technology.
Serving in the Navy as a Corpsman for ten years gave me the tools and stamina to seek a higher level of education. Earning my education degrees gave me a deep understanding of the developmental stages and learning processes children work through as they grow and mature. I moved from Oregon to Texas in 2008. I am married and have four children whose ages range from 7-17 years old. I live in a cozy house in Carrollton. Volunteering as a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader allows my relationships with students to strengthen outside of school. Students are often surprised to discover that although I have several unusual animals in my classroom, I only have two dogs at home. I have enjoyed teaching for the last several years at Independence Elementary. I was a first year teacher when the school opened, but have grown with every experience the wonderful students and parents have shared over the last few years. I am excited about the years to come! I am looking forward to all of the engaging learning opportunities we will discover together.
Degrees and Certifications:
I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education from Western Oregon University. Throughout my undergraduate program, my emphasis was in science. I earned my Master of Science in Education degree focused on cultural anthropology and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).
Generalist Grades (EC-4)
Generalist Grades (4-8)
ESL Supplemental Grade (EC-8)