I began working with school aged children more than sixteen years ago. This is my 14th year teaching since graduating with my Bachelors of Arts from Aurora University in Illinois. In January of 2010 I completed a Maters of science in curriculum, instruction and assessment at Walden University in Minneapolis, MN.
Whether working in the school system, after school programs, babysitting, nannying, being a camp counselor, volunteering as a coach and for BGC of America or tutoring students, I have been working with school aged children since I was 13 years old! Much of my age concentration has been focused in the middle school level.
When I'm not in the classroom or volunteering, I enjoy being active. I hike, run and bike with my family regularly. I enjoy reading up on science technology and innovation as well as educational research. I have a need for speed and a hobby of reading about cars, watching open-wheel, dirt, asphalt, karting, motorcycles and dirt bike racing.
This year in 8th grade science students will study a variety of topics starting with the history of life and land. From here we dive into hydrology looking specifically at water quality, water properties and water stewardship before stopping at exploration of the Earth's oceans. We will apply this understanding of water in exosystems to analyze how biotic and abiotic factors work together. From here we will review microbiology and molecular biology concepts learned in 7th grade adding a deeper understanding of how humans are affected by the microbial world. Using this information we begin to explore an understanding for systems of evolution and the mechanisms of the theory. We will finish the year off with a study of energy conservation and transfer both in and out of chemical systems.
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