I earned my BA in Chemistry at Wesleyan University in 1975, then spent a year as a volunteer teacher on the southern tip of Lake Michigan. I went off to Carnegie Mellon for a PhD in theoretical chemistry but had fallen in love with teaching and left after a year. Lacking teaching credentials, I taught in at parochial high school in Pittsburgh for seven years: freshman physical science, chemistry, and earth/space science. I then left Pennsylvania for Maine and spent two years at the University of Maine getting my teaching credentials and broadening my knowledge base in biology, geology, and marine sciences.
I came to Camden-Rockport High School in 1990. I have taught mostly chemistry (honors, lab, applied, essentials and adult ed) but also Conceptual Physics, Essentials of Global Science, and Earth/Space Science My special interests are the use of history of chemistry to teach content and scientific methods, the use of concept mapping to help students learn and help teachers understand what their students are thinking, and the use of submicroscopic modeling in chemistry instruction. In the past few years I have gone back to working with physics as well, teaching Lab Physics and Foundations of Physics and moving into a lab we have re-dedicated to physics.
I am a member of the Maine Science Teachers Association (a branch of the NSTA), the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), and the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers (NEACT). I'm currently the Northern Division Chair of NEACT and always looking for ways to connect our often geographically isolated teachers in ME, VT, and NH. I am also an active union member and currently serve on the Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) Committee of the Maine Education Association.
I took a sabbatical for 2012-2013, pursuing an MS in Sci. Ed. degree at the University of Maine. I have completed my course work and research and am still working on my thesis on the effects of particulate modeling skills on students' abilities to solve chemical problems.