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About me as an educator:
I intend to be my students’ guide on their educational journey. I empower my students by encouraging responsible choices in both their education and their lives. I expect students to take ownership of their role in their learning. I believe students achieve their greatest potential when actively engaged in the process of learning.  My classroom is a manifestation of my philosophy and vision. I lead by example promoting a strong work ethic and system of accountability. I am an innovative thinker driven to inspire my students beyond apathy toward a bright future. I love science and making it accessible and engaging for my students.  My style of teaching brings science out of the textbook and makes it so much more than a set of bold words or formulas. I want students thinking and curious.  I push my students to connect cognitively, physically and emotionally to the process of learning and discovery. I love to see their eyes light up when the pieces start to fall into place and they start asking: “Hmmm... I wonder if…”! I know with all of my heart that each and every one of my students is worth every effort to provide a meaningful and exceptional educational experience.
About my life outside of school: 
I've lived in Placer Co. most of my life; growing up in Foresthill and graduating from Placer High. My husband and I returned to Auburn to have our family after brief stints in So. California and Eastern Washington.  We have two boys who graduated from Placer High. Max, attending UC Davis working towards a Textiles and Manufacturing BS with a minor in Chinese; and Porter, attending Sierra College working towards a Welding/Mechatronics AA.  We also rescued a Bernese Mountain Dog, Jet, another giant in our family.
We love to travel as a family, frequently road tripping during our summer breaks. We have gone to many of the western National Parks; house boating on Lake Powell and spent time in the San Juan Islands and Bend, Oregon in the last few summers.  We're avid mountain bikers; coaching a family riding/racing club and high school race team.  We love spending time together exploring and riding.  

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