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I am currently a science teacher at Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences in Charlotte, NC. Currently, I teach Greenhouse Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, and Biology. Before moving to Charlotte, I taught biology courses at several colleges and universities in Georgia, Missouri, and Kansas.
I have the pleasure of working with a diverse group of teachers and students. Teaching is my passion. My goal is to engage students in the process of science by focusing on the most relevant topics in biology and relating them to current societal challenges. Science is everywhere!
Before beginning my teaching career, I earned a PhD in Biology from the University of Missouri under the direction of Dr. H. Carl Gerhardt. Broadly, my behavioral ecology work is focused on various aspects of acoustic communication in anurans (frogs and toads). We use behavioral, genetic, and phylogenetic methods to understand the evolution of communication. I am interested in understanding how unlearned behavioral traits are inherited across generations and, ultimately, how this influences divergence between species. I am also studying an unusual species of treefrog (Hyla femoralis) which goes against the grain in terms of expected communication behavior. My research seeks to put these behaviors in context from an evolutionary standpoint.
In addition to my treefrog work, I have a strong interest in learning about learning. While I am relatively new to the field of science education, I am excited to delve into questions that will ultimately shape the learning experiences of students. My interest in education research stems from my formal and informal teaching experiences with learners of all ages. I am interested in improving the experience of all science learners, from elementary students to biology majors. As a scientist and teacher, I am excited to make science come alive for my students. The mystery and intrigue of nature instilled a love of lifelong learning in me at a young age, and I strive to impart this sentiment in as many people as possible. View my Science Education Research page for more information, and click here for more information about my interests in science outreach.