I have a BSED from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO in Secondary Science and hold a CPC teaching certificate for grades 7-12 Science—Biology, Chemistry and General Science. I also have applied for my Building Principal certificate for 7-12.
I have a Master in Natural and Applied Science (MNAS) from Missouri State University in Biology and Chemistry and just finished a Master of Educational Administration in May 2018 at MSU.
I taught middle and high school science for 15 years in the Lebanon R-3 School District and taught all grades between 7 and 12, except 10th. ☺ I taught all life science/biology classes and physical science.
I was also the Science Department Chair for grades 7-12 for 8 years while at Lebanon R-3. During my years as a science teacher and department chair, I also wrote test items and scored MAP tests for both middle and high school.
During the 2005-06 school year, I worked with schools in SW MO as part of the STARR program and enjoyed working with many administrators and teachers, especially in the smaller school districts.
In 2008, I accepted a job at Missouri State University and now work state-wide with schools and teachers through Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), Project WILD and Project Learning Tree. In addition, I teach the Middle School Science Methods class and supervise high school science teachers at MSU. I also work with many teachers and students in the Springfield area, providing science assistance and water education for the Watershed Center.
In my role as state coordinator for Project WET, I have chaired several committees for our national program, including our Coordinator’s Council, Instruction and Training and Standards committees. I am currently serving again on our Coordinator’s Council as the At Large representative, beginning in September 2018. I’m currently chairing the Instruction and Training committee, which provides advanced training for experienced coordinators and new coordinator training. Through our Standards work, Project WET has correlated all WET activities to the NGSS. I led this project which included finding third party reviewers to review previous work, leading the correlation team and identifying and working with 24 reviewers across the country, who reviewed the correlations work, prior to publication. We started this project in 2014 and concluded in 2017 and have already had positive feedback from classroom teachers using WET activities and the NGSS correlations.
STOM serves an important purpose for Missouri’s science teachers and I would like to continue my support of great science educators and STOM through service as the Informal Science Director.