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DNA Discovery Center Intern
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Good Day All !

In short order- I am an experienced science teacher at Naperville North High School (Naperville, IL) and I am a active supporter of inquirey based science-   I have been teaching for 13 years and for each of those years I have endeavored to learn as much from our students as I hopefully have taught them-  I believe in the Eternal Verities as described by a master teacher (and friend of mine) James Effinger- One of the most compelling of these --  'Questions Are Often More Important Than Answers.' 

After an engaging experience last summer working with Dr. Shannon Hackett; Researcher Erica Zahnle; Dr. Kevin Feldheim and the Education Dept. I realized that I had to do whatever I could to spend more time at The Field Museum  -- Luckily I was considered and accepted to begin work with the DNA Residency Program at the Pritzker Laboratory located within The Field Museum- YEA!!  Anyhoo- Not only do I get to experience the incredible opportunity of authentic research but I get to bring back so much of what I learn to the students and faculty that at my high-school.  And to that end I will answer the question that most people ask me-  An answer which was inspired by a wonderful teacher who inspired me in my first years of teaching (and continues to do so today- 

So when people ask- 'What do you teach?'

My answer always is- 'I teach students.'