My Instructional Philosophy:
While it is essential that students become familiar with major biological principles, what is even more important is that which is learned beyond the basic science content. Through the subject matter, students will be challenged to problem solve, think critically, and develop higher-level thinking and communication skills that will be utilized throughout their entire lives, inside or outside an academic setting. It is absolutely essential that each student take an active role in his or her own learning; she or he should set goals and work hard to make sure they're accomplished. Organization and effort are musts; I will do everything I can to assist but it is ultimately up to the student to achieve academic success!
I didn't always want to be a teacher. I wanted to be a vet. But that dream quickly came to an end after I spent time working for one. I couldn't get over how much time was spent looking at what came out of the animals' rear-ends! After discovering that I held little interest in animal poo, I changed my major to nutrition (which is ironic, if you think about it). In 2000, I graduated from the University of MO-Columbia with a B.S. in Nutritional Science.
Right after graduation I moved to Idaho but couldn't find a job. After months of searching, I found that I was either too over- or too under-qualified for everything I applied for. So I went back to college. The world needs teachers, right?
Several years, two kids, and a lot of hard work later, I finished up and graduated from Idaho State University with a double major in Secondary Education and Biological Sciences. After a few years of teaching, I went back for more. In July of 2013, I completed the Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) program through Montana State University. My latest endeavor was becoming a certified yoga instructor. I am now a 200-hour registered yoga instructor and am currently working towards my 500-hour certification. I teach public and private yoga classes around the valley and am passionate about helping people obtain balance within themselves. On top of everything, I'm also an adjunct instructor through the College of Southern Idaho and a part-time science instructor for IDLA.
I love learning. And I love teaching, which is why my motto is so perfect for me: The more you know, the more you know you don't know. And let me tell you, there is still SO MUCH I don't know!