I am a physics teacher at Ottawa High School in Ottawa, Kansas, USD 290.  I began teaching high school after becoming interested in teaching during my physics master’s program.  I was a teaching assistant at my university and did some substitute teaching in the local school district, and realized that helping people understand science was something I really enjoyed.

I am relentless at seeking ways to improve my teaching, improve my student’s experiences, and to continue learning on my own.  I seek out research-based teaching methods, new projects and new ideas, and I’m not afraid to challenge any aspect of teaching and learning if it might benefit my students.  I am involved with the Modeling Instruction program, a research-based effective pedagogy pioneered at Arizona State University.  I participate in the ATE Physics Workshops, and I seek out other workshops and activities.

I’m originally from Kansas City Kansas and attended Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, earning a high school diploma and an International Baccalaureate certificate in Physics, Biology, German and Mathematics.  I earned a B.A. in Physics at Emporia State University, and then a M.S. in Physics also from Emporia State.  I entered high school teaching through the Transition to Teaching program (with alternative licensure) at Fort Hays State University, and completed the transition program in 2009.  I completed my M.S. Education from Fort Hays State University in 2011.

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