|Subject / Grade||Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry|
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My Education and Professional Background
Upon receiving by Bachelors of Science degree I spent seven years working in corporate wellness centers and eventually into rehabilitation clinics. My time in that profession only strengthened my desire to teach as I pursued a teaching certification and eventually a Masters degree from Northern Arizona University. Teaching for ACP-Erie has exceeded my expectations. I find the students highly motivated and the format cutting edge. I look forward to being your teacher and wish you the best. This is my twenty second year as a classroom teacher. I am certified as highly qualified in biology, chemistry, health, and general science. My first nineteen years were in the Gilbert Public Schools district. I have taught biology, chemistry, honors chemistry AP chemistry and anatomy & physiology. I’m also an adjunct faculty for Rio Salado College formerly responsible for course development and teaching Principles of Human Nutrition courses and currently teaching chemistry 130 and 130LL lab.
My Educational Philosophy
Education in a comprehensive view is what a person becomes as a result of learning. All experiences, good or bad are educational. Teaching should always be viewed in this context, as an important part of a bigger journey. As a science teacher I must continually keep in mind the big question; what purpose does it serve in a student's life? Does it contribute in a lasting way to the student’s personal awareness and social relevance? Motivating students to study and learn is the greatest challenge a teacher faces. All people enjoy learning the things that interest them as long as they can make reasonable progress. It is my job as a teacher to make science exciting and interesting to students and to place success within reach of all. I must hold expectations of individual students, which provide maximum challenge, and hope of success for all.
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