I am so excited to have the opportunity to bring GSTEM to Thunder Ridge Middle School and I am passionate about introducing girls to the world of STEM! I have been teaching for 22 years with 20 of them spent in the Cherry Creek School District. I have had the opportunity to teach 6/7th grade science, along with health, and now STEM robotics for grades 6-8th.
I have lived in Parker, CO for 18 years with my husband and two daughters who are in high school. In my free time, I enjoy running races around the Metro area, along with spending time with family and friends.
I will be going into my 23rd year of teaching. I’ve had the privilege of working in Cherry Creek School District for 21 of those years. I spent three years working for the district as a STAR mentor for new teachers and the rest of my time has been at Campus Middle School as a science and video production teacher. I will be teaching 8th grade science this upcoming year. I am passionate about encouraging and exposing girls to STEM to help them gain confidence and envision themselves in a field where women are so under represented.
I live in Arvada with my husband and have four children, three dogs, a cat, a lizard, four bee hives, and my classic Mustang. Love hiking, biking, gardening, playing pickleball, kayaking, beekeeping, and doing Zumba. My Bachelor’s Degree is through Metropolitan State College of Denver, Master’s degree through University of Colorado, Earth Science certification through Colorado School of Mines, trained in STEM and Invention Literacy through CU and Mines teacher enhancement, and am currently taking classes through Adam’s State College for my Gifted and Talented endorsement.
I have had the privilege of teaching sixth grade GT, regular ed, and special education students in math, science, and language arts in Jefferson County for 25 years, including 10 at Belmar and 15 at Van Arsdale Elementary. Learning and writing about science is a passion; I have published four books with the American Water Works Association and What’s the Matter with Starting 6th Grade? with Dorrance Publishing. I have written and implemented the Outdoor Lab GT Aquatic Biology STEM curriculum for our high potential week and teach 7th graders up there each summer. I’m excited to join the North Arvada Middle School staff, integrating STEM into the science program, and sponsoring the Girls in STEM club this year.