About me

I’m a science teacher, writer, wife, and mom (not necessarily in that order!) who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. At Everett Community College in Everett, Washington (about 40 miles north of Seattle), I teach classes in general biology, cellular biology, microbiology, and global health. In addition to working with my college students, I sometimes work on science teaching with teachers in the local K-12 school systems.

I’ve basically always loved science — one of my earliest memories is trying to out-compete a fellow student in elementary school to see who could collect more facts about the solar system! Although that contest was about astronomy, biology proved to be my lasting love. I majored in biology at Boston University, taking lots of classes in botany and microbiology. After that, I worked for a while in a lab devoted to science and science writing before heading to graduate school at the University of Washington, where I earned a Ph.D. in botany.

Ever since grad school, I’ve been on a journey to learn how to help others understand science. That journey has led me to learn more about learning itself, as well as to write books that are designed for non-scientists or students of science (which you can check out at my amazon author page here).

In my spare time (hah hah), I’m a mad reader of books of all sorts, a scrapbooker, a good cook, a haphazard gardener, and a wannabe backyard farmer.

This blog is about anything that catches my fancy, which of course will include science.

5 responses to “About me

  1. Joanne Johnson

    Well, you have inspired me, Rene! I was chatting with my daughter last night about goals for 2012. I asked her what her’s was. She said she didn’t know and through it back at me, “what’s yours?” SO, I was caught. 🙂 I blathered about getting a dog or walking 365 miles. Now I’m thinking perhaps a better idea, one that I might actually execute which could lead to the other two (stranger things have happened) might be to start a BLOG for 2012 and actually have more than 10 people read it. What do you think? Good goal?

    • I think it’s a GREAT goal. And you’ve read mine, so now I only have to get 9 more! (hee hee)

      Part of mine, which ties in with your original thinking, is that I got an exercise bike that I can put my laptop on. So, I’m going to try to blog and pedal at the same time. In the spirit of full disclosure, however, I have to say that I did my mirror post sitting on my butt at my desk. My excuse was that my pictures were on my desktop computer. I’m going to fix that for future posts by downloading my pix to my laptop.

  2. sheri

    Love seeing you do a blog! We have many things in common–too bad I didn’t hang around LS longer ;-( I would have really pestered you! LOL
    Happy New Year to you and the boys! Keep all that you do going in 2012~!! We need more people like you.
    Sheri

    • Thanks, Sheri. You were part of my inspiration. You and your “365.” I’m making a resolution to write every day for 365 days. But not necessarily on my blog, so I’m not doing an official 365 (maybe that’s just my way of being a chicken).

  3. Dashiel Kratz

    Hello Mother!

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