Informal Teaching Experience
I have a lifelong interest in environmental education; in fact, virtually all of my extensive experience working in an educational setting with school aged kids and others has been associated with natural history and environmental education. I have experience working in educational settings with volunteers, school aged children, and adults. I developed curriculum and taught biology classes for local 4-H clubs (including several year-long marine biology courses, a four-month course in frog life cycles, and many others). I have lead fieldtrips, talks, lessons and activities for San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District classes, the Junior High Nature Academy, the Boulder Creek Home School group, and the Cabrillo College Children’s Center. For several of these organizations I developed marine science curriculum and prepared written instructions for labs and activities for K-6 students, taught weekly classes (including labs and guided activities) and planned and led field trips .
I have also trained, scheduled and overseen the work of volunteers, students and employees as follows: conducting my independent research in Costa Rica,docenting for the Santa Cruz County Fair , and teaching for community-oriented natural history classes, and speech/presentation classes. As a tutor for General Biology 20A and 20C, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Statistics, and Calculus11A, I worked with individual undergraduate students to develop study plans, viewed graded exams, labs and other student work products, led individual and group discussions (reviewing course material and clarifying concepts).
I began teaching informal classes in 4-H, a great program
that encourages individuality, cooperation, creativity, and
public speaking skills. I have taught over one hundred classes
on more than thirty different subjects. Ranging from "Teen
Adventures" to "Marine Biology," my classes
addressed a wide range of subject matter and covered a diversity
The Nature Academy has a science-based curriculum which is
committed to looking at the larger issues of natural/cultural
world interactions. Students look at what is happening locally
from an environmental, civic and cultural point of view and
begin to make more meaningful connections about how things
work. I have acted as a TA, classroom aid, supplementary lecturer
and chaperone for the Nature Academy for many years. Traveling
to Catalina Island for yearly trips, setting up native fresh
and salt water aquariums and acting as a peer counselor for
students has been a joy and a great learning opportunity for
Boulder Creek Elementary Homeschool
Boulder Creek Home School is designed for parents who want
to home school their children with the help of a classroom
teacher and school resources. The classroom program includes
educational field trips, contracted services, and activities
at the school site.
I was hired by Boulder Creek Homeschool to teach marine biology.
I developed curriculum, planned field trips and taught weekly
classes. As a class we focused on the sandy shore, the rocky
shore, otters, elephant seals, and Elkhorn Slough. We combined
these studies with trips -kayaking on Elkhorn Slough to see
birds and otters, an Ano Nuevo hike to the elephant seals,
tide pooling north of Santa Cruz, a voyage on the O'Neill
Sea Odyssey, and two nights at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse.
Cabrillo College Children's
While pursuing an AS in early childhood education, I worked
for the Cabrillo College Children's Center. I worked 30 plus
hours a week as an intern in the one's and four year old classrooms
and acted as a substitute for the two's and three's classrooms.
As apart of this program, I planned curriculum, organized
parent meetings, prepared circle time activities, performed
overview and primary care.
The Cabrillo College Children's Center brings families,
teachers and children together from a wide range of cultures,
family styles and traditions. The program is carefully planned
around the developmental needs of each child. Teachers encourage,
and provide children with many opportunities to practice social,
co-operational and mutual problem solving skills.
As an undergraduate at Cabrillo College and the University
of Santa Cruz California, I tutored students in a range of
classes: Philosophy (2003) General Chemistry (2004), Bio20A
and 20C (2004-2005), Statistics (2006), and Genetics (2006).