The favorite question of children has always been "why?".  We have been born into a fascinating world and have always been curious about why things are the way they are.

Science is the study of "why."  It teaches students to look at the world with eyes of appreciation.  They see that the simplest things are really incredibly complex and valuable.  They learn that what they take for granted shouldn't be taken for granted.  This appreciation inspires gratitude and a desire to protect and steward the world we have been given.  Additionally, the study of science develops valuable skills.  It encourages precision and excellence, as well as critical and innovative thinking.  It develops habits of observing and recording that can be transferred to other areas of life.



AP Enviromental Science
Honors Chemistry
Honors Biology


M.S. Chemical & Life Sciences, University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
MEd Secondary Education, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
B.S.  Environmental Resource Management, Penn State University (University Park, PA)


Biology Teacher, St. Stephen's High School, Hickory NC  (2012-2014)
Biology Teacher, Bunker Hill High School, Claremont NC  (2004 - 2011)


Catawba County Teacher of the Year (2011 and 2013)
St. Stephen's High School Teach of the Year (2013)
NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Outstanding Educator (2011)
NC Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Teacher (2010)
Bunker Hill High School Teacher of the Year (2007, 2010)


Honors Chemistry
Honors Biology


B.A.   Biology Education , Appalachian State University  1980
M.S   Science Education, Montana State University  2003


National Board For Professional Teaching Standards AYA Science 2004 , renewed until 2024 
School Administration, Appalachian State University 2009


Director, Alexander County Schools Alternative Learning Program 2006-2015
Science Teacher, Alexander Central High School  1992-2015
Science Teacher, West Alexander Middle School 1985-1992
Science Teacher, Wilmington Laney High School 1984-1985
Science Teacher, Dorm Parent,  The Patterson School   1982-1984
Science Teacher, Edneyville High School 1979-1981