Greetings!
Here is a snapshot introduction of myself...

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The Fun: I love being active. So much that it's almost a compulsion. Because of this, in my "real" life I am a dancer, hiker, climber and camper

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Always do what you are afraid to do. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I strive to follow Mr. Emerson's wise words, giving blood to overcome my fear of needles, climbing & flying in helicopters to face my fear of heights, taking amusement park rides and letting my partner plan vacations to conquer my inner control freak.

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The Facts: I grew up in Olympia, WA where my parents still live. Believe it or not, it actually rains more in Olympia than Seattle. (Olympia 50.79 in., Seattle 38.25 in.)

I have one sibling, a sister who is earning a PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. I moved to Seattle in 1998 to attend the University of Washington. I graduated in Spring of 2000 with a BS in Zoology. After a few years working in the Hospitality Industry, I returned to the UW to earn a Masters in Teaching degree. I've been teaching science at the secondary level for the last 10+ years at various high schools in the Seattle area. Most notably, I've taught 9th grade science at Renton High School for 5 years before joining the HOME Program 3 years ago.

In 2011 I earned National Board Certification in Science for Adolescents and Young Adults. I love working with young people and love doing, and helping others do, science. I believe in the importance of working with parents and a larger community to support my students to grow into responsible, thoughtful, happy, well rounded people.

I'm excited to be part of the HOME Program this year. Please drop by and say hello!