Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR, B.S. Chemistry, 1999
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, B.S. Ecology & Systematic Biology, 1994
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA, A.A. Biology, 1990
After graduating from Southern Oregon University, I worked for over two years as a chemist analyzing silane and purified corrosive gases for the semiconductor industry. After the birth of my oldest daughter in 2002, I started teaching General Chemistry and Survey of General, Organic and Biochemistry laboratories at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR. Upon moving to Boise in 2006, I continued to teach chemistry labs part-time while tending to my two daughters. Now that both McKenzie and Riley are in school (preschool and 1st grade), I have found myself teaching the Survey of General, Organic and Biochemistry lectures and laboratories at Boise State University full time. Teaching chemistry allows me to share with my students an appreciation for the ways that science relates to their everyday lives. My goal is to instill confidence so that the students know they CAN learn chemistry.
I spend my spare time with my family: husband, Owen; daughters; and pets, Neo (the dog), Touché (the tortoise), and our variety of sea monkeys and fish. To maintain my sanity, I trail run a lot. In August 2008, I was able to complete my first 100 Km race, Where’s Waldo at Willamette Pass, OR. My current focus for Fall 2009 is to complete my first (of many?) 100 mile race along the Pacific Crest Trail out of Mt. Hood, OR.