Academic Coordinator/Science Teacher
A.A.S Veterinary Technician College of Southern Nevada CAS Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation Syracuse University MS Environmental Communications SUNY – College of Environmental Science and Forestry BA Science Education Syracuse University
"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Where did you grow up? Huntington, NY on Long Island
Tell us about your family. My husband, Michael, is a retired college strength and conditioning football coach. He last coached at The University of Montana. He now runs his own strength and conditioning business here in Kalispell called Montana Sport-Strength. We have furry children including two cats, a dog, and two horses.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. I played field hockey at Syracuse University on a full athletic scholarship albeit a looong time ago ?. I coached the Girls Three Time State Lacrosse Class A Champions of New York State. I lived in and traveled throughout India while completing my graduate research in Environmental Communications.
Briefly describe your work experience. I have taught science in New York as well as Connecticut. I retired from CT and went back to school to become a veterinary technician. As much as I enjoyed working with animals, I missed teaching.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?At the ocean. As much as I love the mountains and lakes of Montana, I miss my roots--- the ocean. Every once and a while I need an “ocean fix” so I can listen, smell, and swim in the salty water along some coastline. Plus I love to feast on fresh sea food, especially gulping down raw clams and oysters!
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Riding my horses in the back country, hiking, skiing--mostly cross country, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, dancing, reading, gardening, and cooking while watching football on TV.
What draws you most to this type of work? I love the excitement of working with teenagers! Every day is a fun challenge watching them learn, grow, and develop into mature young adults.