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.