Describe your teaching experience and interests in a brief public biography (200 words)
After a career in cutting-edge research at Southern Illinois University, University of Oklahoma, University of Kentucky, and as a private contractor for the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, I began teaching high school Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science. In 2000, I added Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Human Genetics to my teaching repertoire at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
In 1999, I spent 6 weeks on a microbial research expedition in Antarctica with a team of scientists based at Princeton University. For my work in Antarctica, I was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal, a United States Department of Defense commendation. I’ve participated in Teachers for Global Classrooms, giving me the opportunity to teach in Ukraine. In 2013 I was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award by Northern Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University.
When I am not in the classroom, I love to read, go to the movies, watch baseball and football, and spend time exploring the great outdoors!
I also love engaging with teachers doing professional development. These experiences, like Digging Deeper, help to reignite what drives me as a teacher. The interaction with teachers, who share similar passions, makes me a better teacher and inspires my students.