I currently teach Biology and Honors/General Anatomy/Physiology. During the 2017-2018 school year I will also be offering AP Environmental Science on campus. This is my 8th year of teaching in the Sciences, but my 2nd year here at Las Plumas High School, and I am really sinking in and enjoying the students and the beautiful Northern California location of our school.
My Education: I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Cruz, in 2005, and my Master's Degree in the Biological Sciences from University of the Pacific, in 2013, with a focus in Field Biology and Fisheries. Though both of my degrees are in Biology, I also took many college courses in Environmental Sciences and Geology.
Extracurricular: When I'm not at school I spend a lot of time hiking, camping, and learning wilderness and ancestral skills which bring us in closer connection with Nature and Community. I am incredibly passionate about Environmental Issues that impact our Earth and Society and my goal is to bring others into greater awareness of the human impact on Earth Systems, and invite people/students to open into deeper connection with the natural world, and how they relate to it. I also have two children, both boys, ages 5 and 9, who keep me very busy when I'm not at work.
My Philosophy: As a teacher of the Biological Sciences and Anatomy/Physiology, I feel a responsibility to guide our youth on a journey through deep exploration of themselves, and the world they live in. I do not wish to simply add to the fragmentary knowledge of biological facts stored in their brains; I aim to help students witness Nature's repeating patterns that can be observed on every level of the Universe, from intracellular, to interstellar, By encouraging innovative and creative thinking in our young people today, inspired by the patterns they observe in the intelligent living systems of the natural world, I aim to shape a clever, conscious, and compassionate generation; those who are being asked to provide creative solutions to the problems of the future.
I welcome each student into a safe, community-centered classroom, where learning extends beyond the classroom and is incorporated into every day living, being, and growing. I ask students for their full awareness of their best self and how they interact with others, and a willingness to learn and engage in questioning, examining, analyzing, observing, collecting, and storing information. As we discover what nature already knows, I hope the young people will remember that they are a part of, not apart from, the genius that surrounds us.
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