NSF Teaching Partner
Taylorview Junior High, Idaho Falls School District 91
B.S in Soil Science, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA
B.S. Secondary Science Education University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
How will you continue to integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership with graduate students into your teaching, philosophy, etc.?
I will continue to view my teaching in the future from an inquiry based point of view. My fellow and I have redesigned labs this year that I see myself using in the future that are inquiry based.
How has the GK-12 experience changed you, and how has your participation changed the GK-12 project?
The GK-12 experience has changed my perspective on student learning of scientific ideas. I have found that being exposed to the research that is being done intellectually stimulating. I also have thought about how we are preparing students for college at the high school level. I think we could be doing a better job with the rigor of our curriculum. If I was younger in my career I would seriously consider returning to school for a graduate degree and career change. I am considering assisting with summer research. I am very interested in some of the cutthroat trout studies that are being done at ISU. I am not sure that I have changed the GK-12 program but I would like to think that my fellow would have a new understanding of adolescents and the role of the school and teachers in their lives. My fellow this year is going to be a doctor. I think this experience will make him a better doctor as he interacts with his young patients and their parents.