AWARDS, ACCOMPLISHMENTS, GRANTS

NH Highly Qualified Educator

Secondary Education Certification, Biology, Grades 7-12

MA Excellence In Energy & Environmental Education, 2010

First honors citations from Office of Environmental Affairs,

MA House of Representatives and MA State Senate

Green Schools, "Green Difference Award", 2010

Outstanding Environmental Projects

   - Polar Climate Change curriculum in Environmental Science

   - Environmental Effort Led By Students

MA Excellence In Energy & Environmental Education, 2009

First honors citations from Office of Environmental Affairs,

MA House of Representatives and MA State Senate

Green Schools, "Green Difference Award", 2009

Outstanding Environmental Project

   - Excellence in High School reduction of single use disposables

MA Recycling Coalition, "Green Binnie Award", 2009

Presented at 20th Anniversary celebration, Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Only school recognized.

MA Green Team "Environmental Eagles", 2009, 2010, 2011

Gardner News, MA - Student Journalism

Most student articles chosen for publication out of all regional schools.

2007, 2008, 2009.

Massachusetts Tech Prep Course Alignment & Grant

  - Environmental Science and Environmental Issues courses: curriculum was written, aligned and approved to receive credit at MA community colleges and a grant awarded.

COURSES

Middle School through College

Environmental Science

Environmental Issues

Environment Internship

Human Biology

Biology

Earth Science

Physical Science

Journalism / Writing

Advocacy

Social Media For Change

Environmental Advocacy Mentor (KSC)

ADVISOR

 

Go Green Environmental Club

Massachusetts Envirothon Team

Journalism Club

Earth Bound Environmental Newsletter

School to Career Internships

Explorer’s Club

Green Beans Vegetarian/Vegan Club

Educational Philosophy

Working with students has always been a part of my life - everything from being a leader at Girl Scout camp, an EcoScouts leader and a camp counselor to being a dance instructor and science teacher. For young people, the world is new and full of opportunities to influence and change it. As a teacher, I feed minds, increase confidence and encourage independent thought. Not all days are easy, but I can roll with the best and most challenging moments. I have a sense of humor and am understanding of the changing lives of maturing youth. Their energy is infectious and a joy.

Getting to know students as a class and as individuals is important to understanding and accommodating their needs. Every class has its own unique chemistry and every student has their own goals and path to achievement. Each students brings a knowledge base, level of maturity, skill, talent, learning style and personal experience into the classroom. I offer innovative projects and choices that tailor their education to their personal strengths, while being challenging and increasing confidence in areas that need more attention.

 

Project-oriented and experiential learning are a strength. I focus on research, writing, problem solving and creativity, applying the scientific method, in line with standards. Grading is electronic and kept up-to-date. I am frequently praised for the detail of my work, incorporating research, reading, writing and technology into assignments, having a colorful classroom, fostering an environment of mutual respect and responsibility, community service projects and taking students on meaningful field trips.

 

offer student conferencing to discuss their work and progress in the course. Professional development and curriculum are kept current, edited frequently for relevance and real world application. The classroom is organized and assignments have detailed instructions. Students are taught to view problems from different perspectives and to be good citizens by considering others, the short and long term impacts of their decisions.

I believe in the power of youth to educate adults, promote solutions to real-world problems and be leaders in their own right. Educating youth about climate change and directing our schools to be flagships of innovation, merging the arts and sciences, we can both follow trends and set them. A teacher is not simply an instructor, but a guide in becoming a good citizen of the community and world.

Awards & Commendations

The Student Experience: Field Studies

WATER TESTING & FOREST ECOSYSTEMS

A day is spent in the woods studying the pond and species around it, performing water testing and taking data. As a result of my attending a water workshop in Louisiana, my students represented the only Northeast school to contribute data to the Bayouside Classroom project. They collected water through the fall, most of the winter and spring, and collaborated with students in Southern ecosystems. When the Vice Principal saw students coming out of the woods covered in mud, rolling tires and carrying trash we picked up along the way, he came out to hose students and equipment down before we went back into the building! Fun memories!

WHALE WATCH & ESTUARY

Students go on a whale watch in early June when they have the naturalists on the boat to themselves to share specimen and artifacts and do a plankton trawl. After, they visit an estuary and a beach. I've always said that the whale watch was the most important day of school year. Students get their first up-close experience with whales, and I, along with amazing Art, Photography, English or Music teachers invited to chaperone (they don't get to take students on trips like this) get to enjoy hearing them squeal and shriek for joy. Student-teacher bonding is off the charts as classroom knowledge meets real life, questions are raised, lives are changed, on a day none of us will forget.

Innovative Curriculum Design: Student Projects

WATERSHED MAPPING

Students learn how to use Google Earth layers, research and data about different regions of the state and bodies of water to develop and present a map of the watershed they live in. It's always fun to listen in on student discoveries as they learn where their water comes from and where it goes on the long journey it takes to the sea. This project has been used with students grades 7 through 12.

FLAT FROGGIE

Students researched an endangered frog in their state, drew it and presented it in class. They put facts on the back and mailed it to a friend or family member out-of-state or country. They asked for that person to take a picture with the frog at an amphibian habitat near their home and tell them about a frog where they live. As a result of the project, a student was reunited with her father, who was living in Canada.

Laboratory: Hands On Science & Problem Solving

STRAWBERRY DNA EXTRACTION

Students chemically break down strawberries and extract their DNA. As a part of enrichment activities, they extract DNA from other fruits or vegetables and compare them. The DNA strands are observed and compared as a part of understanding genetics and heredity.

PLASTIC & FOOD WASTE REDUCTION

Students research, evaluate and brainstorm solutions to school waste problems. They try to reduce use of plastics and copy paper and increase recycling of all items that can be kept out of landfills. Food waste is a more complex issue. It can be composted and used in school gardens, but ultimately, when students work with schools to create healthy meal programs, food waste can be reduced, while still offering nutritious meals for growing young people.

An Educator Engaged in a Changing World

RENEWABLE ENERGY

An educator actively engaged in community, state and national issues, models and shares how to participate in and initiate positive change in the world.

• Learning from local experts and guest speakers.

• Visiting sites to increase understanding of current technology and employment opportunities, such as solar and wind energy.

• Community service projects.

• Internships at and outside of school.

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

A passionate educator, who lives their work, brings enthusiasm into the classroom, connects with students and inspires them to action.

• Environmental conferences for students.

• Participation in water quality data collection and sharing with students in other states.

• Innovative projects such as designing and racing recycled cart or sleds.

• Field studies on the school campus and on field trips.

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