What is your favorite lesson to cover and why?
In Biology classes, my favorite lesson is probably when we are done with DNA/RNA and I can finally play and sing the “DNA Song” for students on my piano. In Physiology classes, it’s during the skeletal system unit when I put out models of various unknown bones and students need to use what they know as a group to figure out which bones they are.
What do you hope students take from your classes?
My hope is that students will have a renewed fascination about life science, that they feel empowered to learn more on their own and that they can be an informed (yet skeptical) scientist!
Describe something interesting about your experience of being a teacher at Immaculate Heart.
I taught the first five years of my career at IH. I ended up leaving for another teaching opportunity, and, after teaching at some other schools, 10 years later I jumped at the opportunity to return to Immaculate Heart. I missed the friendly community, engaging and rigorous courses and the fun traditions. I’m so happy to be back!
Besides teaching, what other roles do you play on campus?
Besides teaching Biology and Anatomy/Physiology classes, I am also the sophomore class moderator, Science Bowl coach and resident jokester and impersonator at IH.