As a small child I lived in New Orleans where I learned to talk and presumably picked up my lifelong affinity for all things French. The remainder of my childhood and adolescence was spent in Okinawa Japan and the small coastal fishing community of Beaufort North Carolina.
In high school I was a good student. I ran track, played the trombone in the marching band, was the yearbook photographer, and during the summers I studied food science at NC State. I worked hard academically, got good grades, and earned a full scholarship to any school in the UNC system. Having lived by the ocean my entire life I was hesitant to go to a college that didn’t offer me familiar surroundings, so I chose to attend UNC Wilmington where I studied French & Archaeology and met Mr. Korman, a recent graduate of the physics department. After I graduated I worked in a corporate setting doing software support for many years before I went back to school to get my teaching license. After 7 years in the classroom I returned to school at NC State as a Science Scholar Leader Fellow and completed a Masters in Secondary STEM Education and a graduate certificate in Climate Adaptation the program requirements for which required me to learn to use the GIS software which I have grown to be quite fond of as it is a powerful tool against all environmental threats be they ecological or sociological (or as is frequently the case…both). Here is my portfolio if this is something you’d like to know more about I’m happy to talk to you about it.
When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy traveling, reading, triathlon (swimming, cycling and running), photography, hiking/camping, kayaking, watching football, baking, and star-gazing/astronomy. I’m also a registered yoga teacher.
We have two shih tzu (Elvis & Tofu) and two foreign exchange children who attended Broughton High School, Lena (from Germany) who is working on her PhD in molecular biology in Berlin and Lauri (from Finland) who is currently serving his mandatory military service as a corpsman (how fitting) in the Finnish army.