|Subject / Grade||7th grade Science|
|"The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's the one who asks the right questions"|
|-- Claude Levi-Strauss|
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Welcome back to school! As an incoming 7th grader, Jr. High may seem a bit overwhelming at first but once the first few weeks have settle, I am certain you will enjoy being at Bogle. This is a new school year so it is a chance to start over no matter how last year went. Together we will explore the world of science by questioning, experimenting, evaluating and make new discoveries.
My Education and Professional Background
I have been working in the Chandler Unified District since 1999, and I've worked at Bogle Jr. High School since 2010. I have taught Math 7/8, Honors Math 7/8 and Science 7. I received a BS in Biology from ASU, Elementary Teacher certification from University of Phoenix and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from NAU. I am highly qualified having obtained endorsements in Middle School Math, SEI, General Science and participated in AMP (Arizona Mathematics Program) for 2 years. Prior to teaching, I was a Microbiologist for the State of Arizona for eight years and became the Supervisor of the Serology Department. My department was responsible for testing state and county hospitals for HIV, Hepatitis, Valley Fever, Immunological Screens and other serological tests. In 1993/1994, I was chosen to travel to the CDC in Ft. Collins, Colorado, to work with other microbiologists from the Four Corners states when Hantavirus became evident.
My Educational Philosophy
As a teacher, I want to promote life-long skills for the students and encourage them to construct knowledge by questioning, discovering and practicing these skills in the classroom. Providing students access to hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson being studied creates an opportunity for individual discovery and building knowledge to occur. My prior work experience and years of teaching have allowed me to teach my students what they would need to know and bring the real-world situations into the classroom for them to achieve the success they need for their future. I enjoy teaching at the middle school level because this is where students are at the crossroads in their life when they need to think about their own future.
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