Hello Chemistry Cudas!
I teach AP Chemistry and Pre-AP Chemistry I Honors here at NSBHS.
I attended the University of Florida before graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Chemistry Education. My professional goal is to have every student become an informed citizen who can think scientifically to solve problems and create a more enlightened society. My annual goal is to prepare every AP Chemistry student to pass the AP Chemistry exam in May.
I'm very good at Table Tennis (two 1st-place trophies), fairly skilled at chess, soccer is my favorite sport (all-county goalkeeper), and I love to read science, philosophy, and theology. My favorite author is C.S. Lewis and I highly recommend you read "The Screwtape Letters" and "The Abolition of Man." My favorite passage of scripture is the book of Ecclesiastes.
I love teaching, I love learning, and I love sharing my passion for science with my students!
I am a graduate of New Smyrna Beach High School. Also, I am a Navy veteran. I received by Associates degree from Daytona Beach Community College, my Bachelors' degrees and my Master's degree from the University of Central Florida.
Office hours: M,T, W, Th 8:05-8:29 am
Tutoring: Mondays and Thursdays after school room 5-204; 3:30 pm- 4:00 pm open to all World Language students.
Bienvenidos a mi página web y a mis clases de Español.
Daily assignments, homework, resources, upcoming tests and quizzes can be found on my planbook.com site. Click on the [website] link on this site and it will take you to planbook site.
Click on the [Spanish 2 Syllabus ] link to the right to view the course syllabus.
Learning Spanish will enable you to communicate with over 450,000,000 people worldwide. It will connect you to the 23% of Floridians that are Hispanic. It will help you develop intercultural competency which is high up on the list of employability skills. It will open doors, create opportunities and add adventure to your life. I love learning and teaching the Spanish language and feel very blessed to have the opportunity to teach at New Smyrna Beach High School.
I grew up in Columbus, Nebraska and earned my B.A. degree in Religion, Sociology and Human Services Administration from Hastings College. I then joined the Peace Corps and served as a fisheries volunteer in Guatemala. I first learned Spanish through total immersion.
Returning to the states, I worked several years in the mental health field and then became a U.S.A. Peace Corps Fellow teaching full-time on the Navajo Reservation while earning my Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. I took many additional Spanish classes to become certified and also passed the test for bi-lingual endorsement in Arizona. I taught for over ten years in New Mexico and Arizona. I have traveled to Spain, Cuba, Mexico, Honduras and of course Guatemala.
This Summer I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to the Volusia County Sister City of Campeche, Mexico in a teacher exchange program. This exchange was sponsored by Sister Cities of Volusia County and the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies. I am excited to expand this exchange in the future.
This is my 15th year teaching Spanish at New Smyrna Beach High. This year I am teaching all Spanish 2. Over the years I have taught levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and AP. I am very proud that my last three AP classes have all had a 100% passing rate for AP Spanish Exam. Our school has graduated over 30 students with the Florida Seal of Bi-literacy over the past 4 years.
I really want students to identify with a personal reason or motivation to learn the language, and I want them to learn to the point that they can use it to enrich their lives. To achieve this requires taking risks and going outside of the comfort zone at times. It necessitates personal motivation and using the language beyond the classroom. I strive to create a classroom environment with high expectations and where risk taking is allowed. Learning a language takes hard work and making mistakes. It is imperative to have a growth mind-set.