Good Day To Everyone
In short order- I am an experienced science teacher at Naperville North High School (Naperville, IL) and I am an active supporter of inquiry based science. I have been teaching for 15 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 engaging experiences these last summers working with Dr. Shannon Hackett; Researchers Brian Wray & 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 at my high-school. And to that end I will answer the question that most people ask me- An answer that was inspired by a wonderful teacher who inspired me in my first years of teaching (and continues to do so today)-
The experience here is augmented by the people I work with and each year brings a new round of people and experiences. This year there are four high-school students working with our groups delving into the genetics of Sawfish and Flycatchers (birds). We are being led by Tufts Biological Undergraduate Research Candidate/Student Kit McDonnell. Our goals include: providing & interpreting data for ongoing projects; developing and enhancing lab experiences for use in a high-school setting; and sharing our experiences with everyone out there who is interested. You can stop by The Field and see us all at work as part of an interactive exhibit ! Just don't ask too many questions about Bigfoot!
So when people ask- 'What do you teach?'
My answer always is- 'I teach students.'