Degrees and Certifications:
BA - Biological Sciences/Chemistry; IL Teaching Certificate Northwestern University: Evanston, IL MS - Environmental Studies Bard College: Annandale , NY MS - Educational Administration NEIU: Chicago, IL Endorsement - English as a Second Language
I have been teaching at West Leyden since 1989-1990. During that time, I have taught biology, AP Biology, physical science, and review courses for the SAT and ACT. I am a co-author of Barron's ACT 36: Aiming for the Perfect Score, which is in its 4th edition. At Leyden, I am the sponsor for the Class of 2024, National Honor Society, and the Ecology Club, and past President of the Leyden Council of Faculty and Staff Unions.
I am the ultimate "science geek" and have significant research experience in a wide variety of areas, including endocrinology, organic chemistry, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, oceanography, and immunology. I have worked in labs at the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and spent six weeks engaged in seafloor mapping and geology aboard the US Coast Guard icebreaker Healy in the Arctic Ocean. This past summer, I spent a week in Costa Rica doing leatherback sea turtle conservation work, and this fall, I will be on a Russian icebreaker in the Siberian Arctic studying ocean currents and climate change.
I have presented posters and sessions at national meetings of the National Science Teachers Association, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association of Immunologists. Most recently, I was a State Department fellow for the Teachers for Global Classsrooms program, where I spent three weeks in Indonesia exploring and sharing US/Indonesia educational practices. I am currently working on the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate - a transcript recognition program for students who have successfully mastered global competancies - which I presented at the Asia Society national conference.