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Currently, I am the science specialist at Salisbury Community School teaching science exclusively to K-6 graders and the science specialist for ACSU. These two positions are a fantastic match for me as they allow me to exclusively teach the subject I am most passionate about—science. I received my B.A. from Colby College and the University of Montana. Additionally, I have a Master’s degree in elementary science education, and have also worked as an educational consultant for the National Science Foundation. Currently I am a Fund for Teachers Fellow pursuing professional development in developing curriculum connected to birds and birding (Audubon). I am very serious about developing students who are both excited about science and competent in the subject area. I have been teaching at Salisbury for the last 16 years.
My philosophy for elementary school science is four-fold. I believe students need to learn vocabulary and content to be literate science citizens. I believe students need to learn an appreciation for the natural world and feel the wonder and amazement of its beauty. I believe that students need to have lots of practice and experience using the scientific method (posing a question, making a prediction, developing a procedure, collecting and analyzing data, and making a conclusion), and I believe that students need to practice how to be engineers. I will do my best to provide your child with experiences in all four aspects of this philosophy by exploring outdoors, designing engineering projects, developing science experiments in the classroom and teaching the vocabulary and content they need to be successful.