About The Teacher
I love learning and have the record to prove it: I have a degree in Marine Biology (University of North Carolina) and have worked as a scientific research assistant; I have a degree in Law (cum laude, University of Pittsburgh School of Law) and practiced commercial litigation (at the law firm Lewis and Roca, here in Phoenix); I am a certified, "Highly Qualified," (yes, that's an actual thing) teacher with Middle School Language Arts and Gifted endorsements. I have two children, (a daughter who recently graduated from the University of Kansas , and a son who is a sophomore at ASU) both of whom are products of Kyrene’s gifted program. In my “spare” time I like to do taxidermy, go fishing, paint, garden, cook, and read - I am never bored! I only watch TV if the Steelers are playing.
Julie Perks and I continue to be thrilled with our innovative specialization model; I teach Language Arts, Writing, and Social Studies to both the 4th and 5th grade gifted students, and she teaches Math, Science, and Health. We've had a few years to work through all the details of this model, and we are always finding ways to improve!I have lots of ideas, enthusiasm, and experience to share with my class, but most of all, I hope to pass on my love of learning.