My father’s work as a chemist for Texaco and my mother’s long span of teaching junior high English were both inspirations for me to pursue a career in science education. I earned a BA in physics from the University of Dallas and taught middle school math and science in Poughkeepsie, NY from 1989-1994. During that time, I earned my master’s degree in educational psychology from Marist College and my permanent New York State teaching licenses in secondary math, physics, and general science.
I joined the UT faculty as an assistant professor in science education in 1999 after earning my doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University the previous year. While at Texas A&M, I worked for the Salish I Research Project as a graduate research assistant.
Currently, I am interested in the development of content knowledge of middle school science teachers and the integration of children’s literature and science. Along with faculty members from Arts and Sciences, I have co-developed and taught four middle school science teacher professional development workshops funded by grants from UT-Battelle. I teach graduate science education courses and lead the cohort of interns specializing in elementary math and science. Working with both current and future teachers is an aspect of my job I truly love.
I reside in Knoxville with my husband, Brad, and our three children.