In June 2020, I retired from Utica Community Schools after 35 years. I love helping students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the content of all classes. Developing consistent habits of thinking and organization help students make the most of the time engaging any content. I want my students to know that I care about them and though we may be concentrating on a specific subject, they are building skills that will help in the future.
My teaching philosophy is: I always have tried to connect with the students. Making a one on one connection is very important for learning. Learned first with unengaged students in early career through which I learned how to engage by trying to encourage. Recognize students as inherently valuable. Create habits of thinking and organization to make independent learners.
I teach: AP US History, on-level US History, AP Psychology, Psychology, Anthropology, Biology, AVID(Advancement via Individual Determination) elective
Oakland University, 1982; Bachelor of Art in Psychology with a minor in biology
Wayne State University, 1990; Master of Art in Secondary Education
Certified to teach in Michigan
Social Studies certification (CX/RX)
Science certification (DX)
Additional graduate level courses in education and history
Michigan State University
Antioch University- Seattle Online +15
Summer teacher institutes
National Endowment for the Arts
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History