Passionate educator bringing 9 years of experience in both traditional classroom and informal science education. Dedicated to supporting life science education to promote a future-ready workforce for North Carolina's growing biotechnology industry.
Professional Development Planning Develop and coordinate BioNetwork's comprehensive year-round K12 and community college faculty professional development (PD) schedule. Recruit and supervise part-time assistance with teacher workshops, including: workshop recruiters, PD faculty, and PD instructional assistants. Additionally, writing contracts and Professional Service Agreements (PSA) to accompany contracts. Developed and organized educator summer workshops that functioned to provide hands-on, inquiry-based activities to faculty and foundational understanding of connection between educational programs and industry skills. Specifically, this entailed: creation of promotional materials/brochures; promoting workshops at various meetings/events/conferences; providing participants assistance with registration process; recruitment and supervision of PD faculty and assistants; directly engaging with host community colleges' staff for coordination of events; ordering and preparing laboratory materials to be used during workshop; assisting PD faculty in facilitation of workshop; creating workshop documents; preparing educator workshop binders; planning, ordering, and receiving of catered meals; assessed workshop efficacy through participant surveys; ordering and preparing materials for educator take-home boxes
Community Outreach Program Development Developed, coordinated, and facilitated Family Science Night package, a “boxed” event, designed to assist community colleges with STEM recruitment and community outreach efforts. Specific tasks performed: collaboration with group members for development of activities; creation of curriculum materials; testing of developed activities; preparing ordering lists for needed materials; participated in creation of materials boxes ensuring all needed materials were present; directly engaging community college faculty and staff of hosting college for coordination of events; conducting personal PD sessions with colleges' faculty and staff volunteers to ensure understanding of activities they would be facilitating
Preparation of Impact Data Reports Developed and implemented system for collection of engagement visit impact data. Conducted regular evaluations of program impacts and reach as well as developed and submitted compelling impact statements as component of those periodic reports.
Outreach Program Curriculum Development Development of unique, hands-on engagement activities and associated curriculum materials (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, instructor's preparatory protocols, and student sheets) which align with both state-mandated education standards and biotechnology industry skills
Grant Work Assisted with grant applications, implementation, and preparation of documentation to be provided to granting institution
Budget Management Prepared, implemented, and oversaw educational outreach program budgets and related expenditures to ensure revenues and expenses align with approved budget
Program Assessment Conducted ongoing assessments to determine needs of target audiences and used results to focus program development efforts. Assessment methods included combinations of focus groups, surveys, evaluation of secondary data, and other techniques to gain clear understanding of audience needs
Conference Presentations Representing BioNetwork by presenting at state (NCSTA - North Carolina Science Teacher Association), national (NSTA - National Science Teacher Association) professional development conferences, and other meetings to promote BioNetwork resources, capabilities, and programs to internal and external stakeholders
K-12 Outreach Programming Development of unique, hands-on engagement activities and associated curriculum materials (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, instructor's preparatory protocols, and student sheets) which align with both state-mandated education standards and biotechnology industry skills. Delivery of engagement activities in K-12 and community college classrooms, primarily within eastern North Carolina but also across the state as needed.
Professional Development Workshop Planning
Recruitment Program Development BioNetwork's EASE (Effective Authentic Science Events) program a "science outreach day in-a-box" designed for community colleges to use as a recruitment tool for middle school students. Specific tasks performed include: collaboration with group members for development of activities; creation of curriculum materials (i.e. presentations, event leader sheets, and student sheets); testing of developed activities; preparing ordering lists for needed materials; participated in creation of materials boxes ensuring all needed materials were present; assisted with Introduction and Conclusion video editing decisions; directly engaging community college faculty and staff for coordination of events; produced voice-over videos of all EASE PowerPoint presentations for event leaders to use in their preparation; creation of schedules for all EASE packages
Conference Presentations Presented and participated in state (NC3ABI and NCSTA) and national (NSTA and HAPS) professional development workshops to maintain personal professional development and stay up to date with current pedagogical methods and instructional technologies.
Curriculum Development and Instruction Prepared and delivering all instruction, foundation of which being built upon NC Essential Standards for Science, for three year long sections of Honors Biology and one section of Physical Science. Devising, writing, and implementing STEM based research/project based learning curriculum and associated materials. Evaluating and grading student class work, projects, lab work, and reports
Create and Maintain Course Online Platforms Designed, compiled, and maintained school's Moodle pages for science courses
Laboratory Management Taught and developed students' abilities in the laboratory regarding proper technique, data collection, and analysis. Ensured that laboratory safety procedures were in place, known, and observed by students
Science Olympiad Head Coach Organized and coached school's Science Olympiad team
Grant Writing Wrote grants for STEM technology and hands-on materials funding (three grants were awarded)
Community Representative In addition to regular duties, also served as school's Havelock Chili Festival representative. I attended all planning meetings, organized student volunteers, and supervised student volunteers while working at Chamber of Commerce booth during festival (years 2013 and 2014).
In this position I taught lab sections of Bio111 (General Biology I), Bio168 (Anatomy and Physiology I), and Bio169 (Anatomy and Physiology II). Most semesters I taught 2 lab sections; Bio111 online and Bio 168. In the fall of 2011, I taught two sections of Bio111 and one Bio169. The spring of 2013, I taught one section of each Bio111, Bio168, and Bio169. For each course I was contracted for 48 contact hours per semester. Below is a listing of the duties and responsibilities I had with respect to the sections being online or seated (in person).
Continuing Education in Biology
Magna Cum Laude Honors
NCCCS Academic Excellence Award
North Carolina Science Teachers' Association (NCSTA), 2012 – Present
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), 2013 – Present
North Carolina Community College Association of Biology Instructors (NC3ABI), 2015-Present
National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), 2016 – Present
Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), 2016 – Present
Google Certified Educator, Level 1 & 2
League for Innovation's “Innovation of the Year” Award 2020
Recieved award for development and implementation of E.A.S.E programs. E.A.S.E is a one day outreach program designed to expose middle school students to nontraditional career pathways and feature community colleges as a great first choice in STEM education.
STEM in the Park Stemmy Award 2018
Higher Education Program of the Year
Teacher Rookie of the Year 2013
Acknowledged accomplishments in first year of teaching.
Academic Excellence Award 2009
One of two students awarded from Craven Community College for the year 2009.
CRISPR. NSTA National Conference. April 2020.
CRISPR. NC3ABI Annual Meeting. April 5, 2019.
Student Engagement on a Shoestring. NC3ABI Annual Meeting. April 5, 2019.
A Royal Disease. NSTA Regional Conference. November 29, 2018.
A PIGuliar Investigation: Tracking Down Zoonosis in Swine. NSTA Regional Conference. November 30, 2018.
Increase Enrollment and Community Engagement. NCCC System Office Conference. October 10, 2018.
Escape the Tedious and Team Up for Victory! NCCC System Office Conference. October 10, 2018.
DNA Fingerprinting Solves the Mystery! NSTA National Conference. March 15, 2018.
BioNetwork's Free Virtual Microscope. NC3ABI Annual Meeting. March 3, 2017.
BioNetwork's Free Virtual Microscope. NCSTA Annual Meeting. October 20, 2016.
Gel Electrophoresis and Micropipets and Biotechnology, OH MY! NCSTA Annual Conference. November 13, 2015.
Help, There's a Biotechnology Unit in my Curriculum! NCSTA Annual Conference. November 12, 2015.
Coastal United Soccer Association
Treasurer: 2020- present
Coach: 2005 - present
Recreation Commissioner II: 2007 - 2010
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