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This will be my 17th year teaching 8th grade science at CPS; before that I taught in Brookline and Acton. Prior to becoming a middle school science teacher, I spent 20 years in academic settings either training or working as a scientist, mostly in the field of molecular cancer biology. I chose science as a career path mostly because it was the subject I loved best in school. I have fond memories of all my science teachers, but my 10th grade chemistry teacher, Mr. Hanson, stands out most in how he taught us "unit cancelation", and also how he got sulfur-poisoning from our mystery sludge lab. My father was a researcher in the field of veterinary medicine and was instrumental in changing agricultural practices in this country to prevent mad cow disease. His career and bought with colon cancer at age 30 also compelled me to pursue research, but I almost didn't go to graduate school because I was terrified of public speaking! Becoming the mother of my son, Christian (now a high school Physics teacher), and daughter, Nicole, helped me realize that I was better-suited for a career where I could blend both my love of children and science. Rather than being a professorial sage on the stage in a lecture hall, I am happiest amidst the buzz of middle schoolers doing science in a classroom. This past summer I was so excited to see the eclipse and the fireworks at Rockport. I live in Maynard with my daughter and my cat, Luna. My extended family lives in Wisconsin, Oregon, and Montana.
I welcome both students and parents/guardians to contact me with questions and concerns anytime (firstname.lastname@example.org) and look forward to a great year!