Biology teacher who has worked with over 1500 students in the last 12 years. Excels in forming strong student relationships, engaging students of various levels, and motivating all levels of learners. Brings high level of energy and commitment to classroom and school community. Believes that education is a key to positive relationships with self, others and the environment. Personal philosophy is that the calling of the teacher is to ignite the desire for learning in all whom we encounter.
extensive content knowledge
technology integrated in classroom
diverse instructional methods
use brain-based learning techniques
fluent in Microsoft Office, iWork, Smartboard, Apple TV
deliver presentations to parent groups and professional development sessions
well-developed classroom management techniques
DeLaSalle High SchoolBiology and AP Biology Teacher | One DeLaSalle Drive, Mpls, MN 55401 | August 2011 - CurrentResponsible for delivering tenth grade biology curriculum, as well as twelfth grade Advanced Placement biology curriculum. Job duties include writing lessons, integrating one to one technology in the classroom, assessing skills of various student learners, modifying curriculum to meet all learner needs, updating and revising academic material and methods of delivery. Additional duties include mentoring a group of 10-15 students for their entire four years of high school, presenting to parent groups, and participating in various committees to improve teaching and student engagement at DeLaSalle.
St. Thomas More Catholic SchoolMiddle School Science Teacher | 1065 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102 | March 2003 - August 2011Responsible for delivering middle school science curriculum by writing lessons, integrating subjects and topics in the science disciplines of Physical, Life and Earth Science for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classes. Also responsible for coordinating the school-wide seventh grade science fair, as well as coordinating and acting as lead teacher for the seventh grade annual environmental trip to Wolf Ridge Learning Center in northern minnesota. Also served as an advisory teacher each year to a group of 25 sixth graders providing guidance, mentoring, and skill development as they transitioned from grade school to middle school students.
St. Thomas More Catholic SchoolBuilding Substitute Teacher | 1065 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105 | November 2000 - March 2003Responsible for carrying out lesson plans, maintaining classroom consistency, adapting as needed to unexpected changes, and ultimately achieving teacher's goals for the day
Bachelor of ScienceBiology-Life Science licensureBemidji State University Bemidji, Minnesota | 2016
Master of ScienceScience EducationBemidji State UniversityBemidji, Minnesota | 2012Also earned Middle School (5-8) Science licensure in this program.
Bachelor of ArtsOrganizational Development/Minor-SpanishUniversity of WisconsinEau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin | 1986
Developed tutoring program in collaboration with colleague in science department. Program was rolled out to whole building after successful implementation in my classroom. (2012)
Lead teacher on two educational Field Biology course trips to Costa Rica and one Sustainable Food Biology trip to Turin, Italy. Both trips through DeLaSalle High School (2014-2016)
Led team of teachers in documenting process and workflow for DeLaSalle International Educational program. Presented to administration team and document is foundation of school's program guide.
Co-Presenter: International Reading Association 32nd Plains Regional Conference; Literacy Beyond Language Arts: Collaborative and Practical Ways to Develop Literacy Skills Across the Curriculum; Minneapolis, Minnesota, November (2005)
Co-Presenter: Loyola Summer Institute for Teachers Making Cross-Curricular Connections; University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota Summer (2006)
Presenter: Leadership Conference Gamilial Foundation Community Organizers, Affordable Housing in Minnesota, Chicago, Illinois (2003)
Selected as mentor teacher at St. Thomas More School: observed new teachers, gave feedback, helped them develop class management and instructional skills (2005-2011)
Athletic Director, St. Thomas More School for 4 years: hired coaches for 16 grade school sports teams, maintained inventory of uniforms, equipment, and budget, and acted as a liaison between Catholic Athletic Association, coaches, and parents.