I have been teaching science at Tartan High School located just outside of St. Paul, Minnesota since 2008. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in adolescent/young adult science and teach mostly Physics and AP Physics 1, with occasional sections of other courses including remedial chemistry and 9th grade physical & earth science. I’m particularly interested in educational equity, student thinking and reasoning, and instruction that emphasizes science practices. A lot of my approach is influenced the Modeling Instruction curriculum. I’m also a PhD student in the University of Minnesota’s STEM education program.
My goal in writing this blog is to use it as a tool for reflection. We’ve found our students develop a deeper understanding of material and retain new information longer when they have opportunities to reflect and self-assess on a regular basis. By the same token, teachers learn and improve by taking the time to reflect on what happens in our classrooms and process the new things we are learning.
2018-2019 Teaching Load
AP Physics 1: year-long senior elective, taught as a first physics course
Physics: year-long senior elective
Chemistry Essentials: two trimesters, minimum option to meet graduation requirements