Upper School Science Teacher, Middle School Softball Coach
M.A., Teaching, Emory University
M.S., Cell Biology, Northwestern University
B.A., Biology, Washington University, St. Louis
What is your teaching style?
I teach students a variety of science courses - Biology, Honors Biology, Physical Science and Environmental Science - in the upper school. I teach with the Mount Pisgah "college prep, life ready" mission in mind. I encourage students to be more independent and to model science by gathering information, asking questions, exploring ways to find answers to questions and analyzing results. In science just as in life, we learn so much when things don't go as planned; what might be thought of as failure gives us very important information. Whether looking at results from a laboratory investigation or considering how well their study skills helped them learn material, students analyze results from situations so they can move forward equipped with new information to inform future decisions. I focus on these and other important skills to help our students be prepared for college and ready for life.
Who was the most influential teacher/coach/instructor when you were growing up? What was it about him/her that impacted you?
My high school biology teacher was a very influential teacher in my life. He encouraged us to model science in all aspects of life by continually asking questions. That foundational idea has allowed me to be true to who I am and who God wants me to be instead of following the crowd.
What is your fondest Pisgah memory?
At the end of the 2014-2015 school year I accompanied the rising 10th graders on their Southern Road Trip Pisgah Passage through Chattanooga, Birmingham, New Orleans, and Selma. I had a wonderful time exploring destinations in the South with the group of faculty and students. We visited locations that had meaningful history, interactive nature, and great beauty. I loved seeing how engaged students were while experiencing education firsthand and watching them develop independence learned while traveling.
Do you have any special experiences or interests you would like to share?
When I was in high school, I was a two-sport athlete. I played volleyball for my high school in the fall and played on a travel volleyball team during the winter. In the spring I played softball for my high school team (softball was a spring sport in my home state) and played on a travel softball team during the oppressively hot Kansas summers. The addition of athletics to my high school career allowed me to make lifelong friends and spend time with wonderful coaches who were important mentors for me. I am humbled at the possibility of being this type of mentor for athletes at Mount Pisgah in my role as a middle school softball coach and am excited to watch students as they strengthen their life skills through sports.