Where were you born and where have you lived?
I was born and raised 45 minutes from Disney in Florida. Although I loved the beach and Florida, I moved to Ft Collins 11 yrs. ago with my husband to teach at Ridgeview. We are glad we moved; we love Ft. Collins and RCS! We love watching the seasons change and that our daughter gets to grow up with snow.
Where did you attend university or college?
I attended the University of Florida for undergrad and grad work. As an undergrad I worked in a lab and conducted a project with plant hormones. As a graduate student, I conducted research using a type of bacterial “vaccine” to prevent disease in grape plants, and later studied genes activated during an infection.
What kind of reading do you most enjoy doing?
Science! I just completed a book on the beginnings of CRISPR, but enjoy other topics such as de-extinction, any genetics topic, bioethics, epigenetics, bacteriology, history of science, the origins of life, and evolution. I also enjoy books on how to live better (usually nutrition), do things more effectively (plan a day, teach, read, etc.), and biographies where I can apply what others have learned to my own life.
What are the small essentials that make life more comfortable?
Very dark (70%+), yet delicious chocolate, books (audible and print), soft things, beautiful things. Worthwhile mechanical pencils! Small, happy notebooks that will fit in my purse. Just about anything in pastel or bright colors.
What are your favorite snacks?
I naturally have a sweet tooth, but I try to limit my sugar, so I stay on the lookout for “good” snacks. I particularly enjoy dark chocolate, animal crackers, Fig Newtons, fruit (grapes, strawberries, cherries, etc.), macadamia nuts, and cheese (Havarti and gouda are particularly good, especially with grapes and apples!).
What do you do to unwind?
I have an active little girl, a busy husband, and a full teaching load, so a lot of free time is not something I usually have. But, when I do, I enjoy listening to/reading books, drawing, painting, yoga, Pilates, finding new cookbooks, and having a cup of hot tea in a happy mug while watching tv.
How could a parent volunteer help you most?
I teach half math classes and half science. As such, help making copies is always appreciated. If a parent has a scientific background and is available, help with the science classes (Genetics, Molecular Bio, AP Bio, Research Project) would be appreciated. This could take the form of brainstorming new activities for the students, giving an interesting talk to the class, etc.