Welcome to NSBHS Game & Simulation
Dear Parents and Students,
This is my 4th year teaching at NSBHS and to that I bring 27 years of teaching experience from a wide variety of disciplines. I started my teaching career as a Special Education Resource teacher for hearing impaired students in Joliet, Illinois. Traveling between 4 schools every day simply was not a good fit for me and so, after receiving my Master’s degree in Mathematics, I taught high school math at Prairie Central High School in central Illinois. While at PCHS I also coached cheerleaders and taught college math part time at a couple local junior colleges. In the spring of 2000 I started a second Master’s degree program in Applied Computer Science at Illinois State University. In January of 2001 I began teaching for the School of Information Technology at ISU and continued to teach a variety of technology and programming classes (including C, C++, Java, web development, and ethics) for the next 11 years. When my husband retired after 33 years at Caterpillar, we moved to Deltona. I then taught part time for Daytona Beach State College (Intermediate Algebra) and Seminole State College (various technology classes) until I decided to return to teaching high school in 2014. After one year at Pine Ridge High School (teaching mathematics) I joined the CUDA family. While I have always enjoyed teaching mathematics, computer science and programming is truly where my passion lies.
Although this was a very short summer, I spent a good deal of it preparing for this school year. I participated in training to become a Zulama trainer (an excellent curriculum I am hopeful we will be using this year) and met with the other Game & Sim teachers in the county to discuss a revamp of our entire program. I am very excited about the changes we have made to the program – aligning the curriculum more closely to the state standards and incorporating new and exciting challenges for students. I am also excited about changes being discussed and made to our certification exams.
Please feel free to explore my website for helpful links for the various classes I am teaching as well as the assignment schedule expectations. Please understand that the schedule posted is never set in stone and is subject to change on a daily basis. Although we have a fairly specific curriculum to cover, I will try to keep my teaching pace set to what is best for my students at all times.
If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me. I typically check email before school, during my prep (2nd period), and after school. I do not check email or answer the phone during class periods. You may call my extension (38570) before or after school or you may leave a message with the school secretary and I will return your call as soon as possible. Please know that I care deeply about my students’ success and that I will work hard to help all students achieve the highest level of success possible!
I’m looking forward to a great year!