This year will be my sixth year in the Woods community as both teacher and parent. I look forward to the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for science with a new group of high school freshmen, and to sharing a milestone year with departing seniors in AP Biology class. I will be advising seniors in the college application process this year. With support from Woods, I have been fortunate to attend professional development instruction in the AP Capstone curriculum and I am thrilled to launch a new AP Research course as part of the AP Capstone curriculum to enhance research and writing skills.
My interests in science are long-standing and have been the focus of a 15-year career in academic research. I earned my B.S. from Davidson College, MAT from Duke University, and PhD from Vanderbilt University. As a former scientist, I have studied the human brain, learning and memory, and neurodegenerative processes. At Duke, I enjoyed teaching and mentoring high school students to complete research projects in Pharmacology and I enjoyed writing curricula for high school students as part of the Duke Center for Science Education. My research in both science and science education is published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Chemical Education and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. My work with high school student research was recognized by the North Carolina Science Math and Technology Center. I have a continued interest in fostering research and writing skills to prepare students for 21st century careers in science and for informed decision-making in life.
My combined teaching experience includes graduate, undergraduate (Duke) and high school students in formal and informal settings in both private and public schools. I have teaching experience in the Durham and Wake County Public Schools. I am a National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Senior Scholar, a mentor for new Noyce teachers, a member of the first AP Biology Leadership Academy, and a UNC Climate Fellow.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time outside with my family. Occasionally, (during basketball season) I spend more time inside watching ACC basketball!