What do you do?
I teach science/engineering to children’s ages 4-12, and coach elementary teachers on incorporating science/engineering into their classrooms.
Why did you choose this field?
I love science and always have. I grew up in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and had nature as my playground. My middle and high school science teachers opened my eyes to the broader world of science and inspired me to study biology in college with a focus on marine biology and the environment. I college, I met the amazing Dr. Sami Kahn who was integral in my professional and personal growth. After a year working with the Nature Conservancy and the chance to work on some education programming, I felt called to blend my love of children with my passion for science leading to a career in science education that has spanned 30 years!
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
This biology major never expected to not only be teaching, but loving, physics and chemistry!
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love the fact that it is so interdisciplinary and connected to every aspect of life. There is always something to discover and think about. It helps me and all of the students I work with deeply understand the world we live in. For me, what excites me everyday is working and having fun with my students - watching them ask questions and figure out how to uncover the mysteries of the world through science and engineering. I have the best job in the world!
Best advice for next generation?
Go for it! Try it all. There is no one path - explore them all!
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” ― Isak Dinesen