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.