I am a educator at Mercy High School in Middletown, CT. I have written courses in Astronomy and Cosmology, Neuroscience, and Medical Botany for the High School level. My educational experience includes a B.A with a double major in biology and chemistry and minor in the humanities, an M.S. (ABD) in Neurophysiology with an emphasis on marine zoology, an M.A. in Consciousness Studies, and an ED.S. in Educational Leadership Management and Policy from Seton Hall University. I have teaching experience in higher education at the University of New Hampshire, Quinnipiac University, and Albertus Magnus College. I worked for 6 years in the museum education department at Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum, and I am a registered herbalist. I am currently involved on projects in education with the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame and the Vatican Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. These projects are aimed at a dialogue between science and faith traditions which promote interdisciplinary work.
The courses that I write and teach are designed to help students to think critically and imaginatively within a learning community that values collaboration. I teach in an inquiry-based model that utilizes technology, online databases, and social media to connect students with the best and most current resources.
I am a single-mother with three high school and college age boys. I home-schooled my children for varying lengths of time in the Montessori tradition. Being an advocate for the natural world (which includes the human person), I believe that people thrive when engaged in a healthy spiritual practice (in any religion) within community. I promote STREAM education (Science Technology Religion Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and the liberal arts for the development of the whole person.
Being a parent and a teacher in different capacities over the past twenty-five years, I have become firm in my dedication to empower young women and men to see the magnificence of the natural world, to have confidence in their abilities and gifts, and to succeed in authoring their lives with grace.