Professional Development Associate
Science & Health Bldg. (#36), Rm. 540
Professional Teaching License (K-8 Elementary Education), State of Arizona, 2007-present
Master of Science, Biochemistry, University of Arizona, 2006
Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of Arizona, 2003
My personal objectives are to advance human achievement through science and engineering, and to create compassionate learners capable of independent thinking and analysis. Those are not small or simple goals, but I like to think big and believe strongly in the noble quest for knowledge and understanding.
My interests lie in connecting the amazing research and innovation of science and engineering with our society at large. I want to see our children advance their skills, compassion, and understanding in order to provide job opportunities and advanced levels of social interactions and learning. I envision a society that provides a quality environment for teachers to help children reach these goals and that is invested at the community level.
I specifically enjoy planetary science, biochemistry, and researching systems and strategies that support effective education and learning.
I came to the CSTL after teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade at DeMiguel Elementary School in the Flagstaff Unified School District. DeMiguel is where I went to school for 6th grade, played basketball every day after school with friends, and found my opportunity to bring science education into the elementary school classroom. I led the design and development of the science fair and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programs and clubs while teaching all subjects in those grade levels.
I plan to continue to volunteer at DeMiguel, my local neighborhood school, to support the great programs and projects they are providing for students. At times it has been tough to have left that environment, and I miss the opportunity to make moments that shine in my students’ lives, but I know that there are wonderful teachers who will help them as they grow. I now get to focus my efforts on supporting those teachers to bring the best content and pedagogy for science education K-12 and beyond.
I am excited to know that for each teacher that I inspire to become an excellent science educator through my work at CSTL, hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of students will benefit and be inspired to create, innovate, explore, and grow through science. The more that I learned about the Center the more I knew that this was a natural fit that gave me the opportunity to continue to expand and pursue my vision of bringing quality science education to the children of our community.
Selected scholarly activities
Current grant projects
PLANETS (Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology, and Science). Development of curricular units and professional development materials for Out of School Time settings motivated by fundamental planetary science questions, and integrating NASA data sets and other assets, and engineering processes and habits of mind. Funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (#NNX16AC53A). Role: Senior Personnel. Partners: USGS Astrogeology Science Center and Engineering is Elementary program, Museum of Science Boston. January 4, 2016 – January 3, 2021.
Alliance for Investigating Motion, Force and Energy (AIMFE). The long term goal of the AIMFE project is to improve student achievement in physical science concepts by improving 6th through 12th grade teachers’ content knowledge and understanding of the effective ways to teach physical science concepts about forces, motion and energy by incorporating cross-cutting concepts of systems and energy. Funded by the Arizona Department of Education. Role: Senior Personnel. Partners: Peoria Unified School District as LEA, in partnership with Northern Arizona University (NAU), Dysart Unified School District, and Glendale Union High School District. February 2016-June 2017.
Community grants: written and awarded
FUSD Foundation Grant for Teacher Innovation, 2015
Majestic Mobil STEM Community Grant, 2015
Western Grower’s Foundation Grant, 2014
Foodlink Community Gardens Grant, 2012
SCA Tissue Environmental Education Grant, 2010
Air Force Association, Prescott-Goldwater Chapter, Teacher of the Year 2016
Coconino County Teacher of the Year Ambassador of Excellence 2015
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Flagstaff, 2014
Leadership and Service
DeMiguel Elementary School: Program Coordinator: Science Fair and Science, Technology, Engineering,
Arts, and Math (STEAM), Team Leader: 4th and 5th Grade, Outdoor Project Coordinator, NASA Explorer Club and Program Leader, Nature Trail Committee Leader, Building Representative for the Flagstaff Education Association.
Northern Arizona University Teacher Mentor: Professional Development School (PDS), NAUTeach Program, EDU 200 Practicum, Student Teacher Program.
Flagstaff Unified School District: District-wide Elementary Teacher representative, Member of the District Science Alliance and Science/STEM planning committees