I earned my BS Zool, teaching credentials and MS Bio all from Washington State University. I followed this path because I have always been intrigued by all aspects of science, and teaching is core to who I am.


My teaching career began in 1989 at the Poulsbo Marine Science Center, then in 1991 I began teaching at Port Townsend High School. There I taught various combinations of Biology, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Health, Physical Science, Integrated Science and Algebra until I retired in 2017. 


Teaching connected me to Rotary when I took on Interact Advisor for our school. I subsequently joined Port Townsend Sunrise Rotary and the rest is history!


During my career, I earned many awards, including the Amgen Excellence in Science Education in 2011 and state nomination for Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2013 and 2015. I am a National Board Certified Teacher, earned in 2007 and renewed in 2017. 


Since retirement, I stayed connected with the Science Education profession through the Washington Science Teachers Association, presenting at state, regional and national conferences and co-authoring a curriculum guide with Laura Tucker, Understanding Climate Change.