lhhs | 9-12 GRADE
from: Wagner, South Dakota
"My students inspire me to not take myself too seriously. Learning is fun!"
I MOVED TO LAKE HAVASU BECAUSE
I moved to Arizona in 2004 to escape the cold winters and humid summers of South Dakota. We chose Lake Havasu because of the proximity to Las Vegas, Phoenix, and southern California. We are just a few hours away from concerts, sporting events, and the ocean, while still enjoying the benefits of a smaller community.
I have been teaching middle and high school science since 2001.
I WAS INSPIRED TO BE A TEACHER BECAUSE
My grandmother was a first grade teacher for 38 years, and my aunt taught middle school and special education for 30 years. Our dinnertime conversations revolved around school, teaching, and learning, so I have always seen teaching as our family business. I love learning new things, and I hope that I inspire my students to find that same inherent love of learning.
PERSONAL INTERESTS AND/OR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
On the weekends and during the summer our family enjoys hiking the washes around Lake Havasu and visiting National Parks. My husband, who is a coach and history teacher at LHHS, and I work to provide our 8 and 10 year old daughters many opportunities to explore and learn about our world.
Throughout the year, I am also a member of the ASU- Lake Havasu STEM Initiative, which has organized and hosted the Elementary Science Olympiad for the past two years. I am a co-sponsor of the LHHS STEM Club (promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Our STEM Club is also involved in a 50-city astronomy research project, RECON, which works in cooperation with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. RECON stands for Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network (check it out at tnorecon.net), and has provided our students not only an 11-inch Celestron telescope for our research work, but also a chance to meet and collaborate with world-renowned astronomers and astrophysicists.
Dream classroom item: galaxy tablet
I would love to have a class set of 32 Galaxy tablets. As we move to more and more online and blended learning, the tablets are inexpensive alternatives to students using their own devices. This is beneficial for two reasons. First, everyone will have an identical device to use in class, and second, the school provided tablet would not have all the distractions (social media, texting, notifications) of a personal device.