I never thought that I would have made it to veteran educator status with all of the hurdles I have climbed, but here I am, in my 11th year teaching High School Science at Prospect Mountain High School (PMHS), in Alton, New Hampshire. Teaching Chemistry, Physical Science, and Biology allows me to spread my passion for fostering connections to nature and promoting better habits to my students. I get to discuss, learn, and be immersed in science all day!
I would not change my path at all; although challenging at times, I would not be the teacher I am today without each and every one of my experiences. Growing up in Northern Maine, I hardly ever was able to travel out of the state until I got my driver's license. Looking back at it though, I had the best friends, amazing habitat of Moosehead Lake, and ski experiences that have helped sculpture my love of nature and drive to share my experiences.
I have worked countless hours maintaining my life long learner status pursuing graduate credits and finally a Masters Degree through Miami University, working a second job as a bartender for 9 out of 11 of those years, balancing myself through skiing, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and having the unconditional love from my Boxer dog Spike. Even though he is no longer with me in physique, he is with me in my heart.
My next steps are to implement the amazing pedagogy and share the experiences that I have experienced through Miami University such as inquiry based education and fostering global connections. I have accepted an Ecology Project International (EPI) Teacher Fellowship to study inquiry in Costa Rica focusing on leatherback sea turtles in April, 2019. Through this incredible journey and in my future endeavors, I have learned and will continue to learn a tremendous amount. Even though my MAT is near completion, it is bittersweet and I know that I am a much better educator through the experiences I have gained.