Education: Teaching chemistry is my second career…but honestly my first one seems like a lifetime ago. I am a proud graduate of Allentown Central Catholic and hold a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree from Villanova University. Upon graduating from Villanova, I was hired as the first female engineer in the Base Oils Product Development Group at Sun Oil. Eventually I returned to school and earned my secondary education certification in chemistry from DeSales University.
Experience: I taught at Notre Dame High School in Green Pond prior to returning to teach at my alma mater.
I want to share my passion for chemistry with students, make it understandable, and help them appreciate its relevance to their lives. Sparking an interest in science and engineering careers never loses its excitement. I strive to create a classroom environment where students feel challenged, yet comfortable to ask questions. I seek to encourage students to be at ease with making a mistake, to learn from mistakes, and to do their best.
My aspirations for my students include developing higher level problem solving skills, improving technical writing skills and advancing technology skills. My pedagogical approach to this end includes incorporating a variety of techniques to reach different learning styles. These include inquiry based lab experiences, flipped classroom videos, cooperative group sessions, computer games, student generated projects, demonstrations and direct instruction. My goal is to prepare students for college and for them to be responsible, caring, productive members of society.
“Best Friends Forever” is one of the extracurricular activities at ACCHS for which I am the faculty moderator. This club promotes friendships between teens at ACCHS and special needs teens at Mercy Learning Center. Monthly social activities are scheduled with Mercy buddies such as karaoke/movie night, sporting events, art projects, bowling and cookie baking. This club holds a special spot in my heart and I am grateful for the friendships I have at Mercy.
I see my students as individuals and aim to foster their growth academically, socially, and spiritually. I believe that a cooperative effort among parents, students and myself will help each student develop to their full God-given potential.
I married my husband Chris (we met in my Villanova chemistry class) and chose to leave my engineering job after our first son was born. I enjoyed being a stay at home mom to my five children for many years and still view time with my family as my greatest gift.