I’m in my ninth year of teaching science at Antelope High School.
I was hired for the job out of the teaching credential program at
UC Davis and have been lucky enough to have worked alongside many
other UC Davis alumni during my time at Antelope High School. I
have been teaching a Program called Project Lead The Way since my
first year teaching and absolutely love it. Project Lead The Way
is a K-12 STEM curriculum with an emphasis in biomedical science,
engineering and computer science. We use an APB approach to
learning to teach students to be independent thinkers and empower
them to thrive in our ever-changing economy. You can read more
about it in a
blog post I wrote.
I believe that the experience I had student teaching and the
critical thinking and modeling framework I learned from Dr. Cindy
Passmore made transitioning to teaching the PLTW curriculum very
natural. I’m so grateful I can continue to work with the UC Davis
biotechnology department and Professor Denneal Jamison-McClung,
who hosts my students for field trips each year. I also work with
Professor Jamison-McClung as my students participate in the
annual UC Davis Teen Biotech Challenge that UC Davis. More
recently, I’ve partnered with the Biomedical Engineering Graduate
Student Organization at UC Davis to create an eMentorship program
at my high school. The mentoring and relationships that students
have received from this experience have been invaluable. I hope
to continue partnering with UC Davis in the years to come.
You earned your bachelor of science degree, credential
and master’s degree at UC Davis. How does that inform your
I’ve drawn on my undergraduate degree in biology, my single
subject teaching credential in biology and my MA in education to
create a robust biomedical pathway at Antelope High School. The
pathway includes four biomedical courses and a fifth internship
course where students get clinical internship experience. I’ve
partnered with the health care industry for much of my teaching
career, offering internship opportunities to students interested
in a career in medicine. Currently I work with Dignity Health
Systems, Shriner’s, Sutter Health and UC Davis to provide these
opportunities for students.
I very much enjoyed my time at UC Davis and the education that I
received. I am thankful to be able to work in proximity of the
school and to be able to help my students apply and get in to UC
What are you up to now?
In October 2017 I was recognized at the Project Lead
The Way National Summit as the
National Teacher of the Year. I am so thankful to be a part
of such a wonderful program that is promoting STEM and Career
Technical Education and empowering students through problem-based
learning and career exploration.