8th Grade Science
Science Department Chair
Grade Level Advisor
I am excited to begin the 2016-17 school year! This year is my 16th year as a teacher and my 13th year at New West. I look forward to the opportunity to work with our community of highly invested and motivated students each and every day.
I graduated from The Colorado College in 2001 with a BA in psychology and a multiple subject teaching credential. My original plan was to teach in an upper elementary classroom, but I was offered a position teaching 6th grade science and jumped at the opportunity. I quickly realized that I loved teaching middle school science. The following year, I moved to Washington, DC and spent the next two years teaching 8th grade physical science and coaching football at Catholic University. After earning approximately $.25 an hour coaching, I decided the dream of coaching professionally had run its course and it was time to move to California. I was very fortunate to find my current position teaching physical science at New West and I worked to add a single subject credential in science to my qualifications. I completed my Master’s degree in Natural Science Education from Colorado State University a few years ago. Last year, I was selected as the science department chair and I am excited to lead an amazing group of science teachers as we continue to develop a dynamic and rigorous science experience for all New West students.
Teaching is a challenging profession that requires frequent adaption and growth, and I relish the continued opportunity to learn and become a better teacher. This year, I will be focusing on creating projects that allow students to make some choices in demonstrating their understanding while supporting their conclusions with evidence. I will be adding links to this page in the course description section as we progress through the year. Students may preview each of the assessments at the start of the unit and select which assessment they will complete at the end of the unit.