I came to Alabama in 1995 to study stream ecology at The University of Alabama. I currently work as an instructor at the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School (JCIB). As I complete my first year at JCIB, I can honestly say I’ve had a blast. I know I belong in the classroom and laboratory. My primary assignment is teaching a combined ib and ap biology course, but I will also have one section of ib environmental systems and societies, as well as two sections of botany and zoology.
Prior to joining the JCIB faculty, I was Science Content Director for A+ College Ready, an AP Training and Initiative Program in Alabama. We are partners with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). I worked with 80+ AP science teachers in 41 high schools throughout Alabama. Prior to that I was an AP Biology and AP Environmental Science Instructor at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. I started my teaching career in the Birmingham metro area at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Birmingham-Southern College, and Samford University. I also consult for PASCO Scientific, working as a curriculum writer and professional technology educator (PTE). During the summer of 2011, I was certified as a Laying The Foundation Trainer for Middle School science.
I hold a B.A. in Biology from Rhodes College, and a M.S. in Biology from the University of Alabama. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent and Young Adult Science Education with a concentration in biology.
Prior to teaching (and graduate school) I had some of the greatest jobs ever. I was a research technician at the Univerisity of Tennessee-Memphis working on cell signaling in cardiac myocytes. Even more formative were the summers I spent at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) coordinating the collection and classification of benthic macroinvertebrates from three lakes. I was also a lowly undergraduate researcher at the University of Goergia’s Savannah River Ecology Lab (SREL).
When I’m not working; I’m hanging out with my family, running (getting my best ideas), working around the house, or paddling some of Alabama’s 77,000+ river miles.
Apparently, some people are foolish enough to believe I’ve developed leadership skills during my tenure as a science teacher. Therefore, I’ve been offered (and accepted) several volunteer positions. I’m the Cubmaster for Pack 386 in West Homewood, Alabama; I serve as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and I’ve just been selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Presbytery’s Living River, a retreat and conference center on the Cahaba River. I will be helping ramp up the Living River environmental education program. It’s a great opportunity.