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Education

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO M.S. Biology 2009
College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN M.S. Education 2000
Emphasis: Curriculum and Instruction
Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD B.S. Biology, Secondary Education 1994
Major: Biology, Minor: Earth Science

Awards
Fellowship
Washington University in St. Louis, Master of Science in Biology, 2007-2009
Life Sciences for a Global Community Institute

Fellowship
Awarded one of 5 NIH funded fellowships to write curriculum for the Summer 2009
InsideCancer.org website at the Dolan DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

Award 2010
Toyota Tapestry Large Grant Recipient


Teaching Experience

Secondary Science, Lead-Deadwood High School, Lead, SD 2000-Present
Current Subjects: Advanced Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, AP Chemistry
Past: Anatomy & Physiology, General Biology

AP Chemistry Distance Learning Instructor through the TIE Learning Power Program Recent appointment
Secondary Science, Rapid City Central High School, Rapid City, SD 1994-2000

Subjects: General Biology, Physical Science

Related Experiences

Learning Power
Member of the Learning Power team for the support and development of on-line AP math and science programs in states served by the Technology in Education offices, Rapid City, South Dakota; and engages Middle and Secondary School teachers in developing material to prepare students for AP level coursework. Also serves as an AP Chemistry Distance Learning instructor in the Learning Power program that is a part of the South Dakota Virtual High School.
South Dakota Teacher-to-Teacher Support Network, Mentor
A state sponsored Professional Learning Community that has been created for the support of new teachers, and sharing of successful classroom teaching strategies.
Power Up! and Power Up Plus Projects
Focuses on professional development supported with Web 2.0 technologies to impact instruction, student motivation and student achievement in high school math and science. 2007, Fall 2009-Present
Presenter, South Dakota Science and Math Conference, Huron, South Dakota
Breeding Drosophila to Teach Homeobox Genetics and the History and Importance of Model Organisms in Research February, 2010
Presenter National Association of Biology Teachers National Convention, Denver, CO
Breeding Drosophila to Teach Homeobox Genetics and the History and Importance of Model Organisms in Research November, 2009
Presenter National Association of Biology Teachers National Convention, Memphis, TN
Teaching Phylogeny and Making It Culturally Relevant with Native American Plants October, 2008
A unit on phytochemicals called, Medicinal Plants of the Sicangu Lakota, published on the Tree of Life website, University of Arizona. Site address- http://www.tol.org/tree/phylogeny.html
Project page- http://www.tolweb.org/treehouses/?treehouse_id=4571

*Received letter of recognition from South Dakota Governor, Mike Rounds, for the creation of this project.
Presenter Technology in Education State Convention, Sioux Falls, SD
Power Up Project
Honors
Nominated for the National Association of Biology Teachers, Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year for South Dakota, 2009.
Winner, National Association of Biology Teachers, Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year for South Dakota, 2010.
Research Experience
Field Biologist Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Rapid City, South Dakota
Duties: collected vegetation data in the Thunder Basin National Grasslands; identification of species
and densities of those species within given habitats. (Served as crew leader the second season.)
Summers 1993, 1994




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Graduation at Wash U
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Dr. May and me
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The fellows of Cohort 1 LSGC and Profs



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Rebstock Hall
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So many amazing teachers!