BHS Science Teacher
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
Why did you become a teacher?I grew up in Newburyport, MA and am currently living there. I became interested in science during my sophomore year at Newburyport High School while taking a biology class. Because of a great teacher and a newfound passion, I was lucky to know at a young age that biology was what I wanted to study for the rest of my life. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stonehill College in Easton, MA. Immediately after college I began a graduate program in cancer research at the University of Cincinnati. I quickly realized that the lab setting was not for me (although basic research is incredibly important!), and sought out a teaching preparation program instead. I decided to enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) internship program at Simmons College in Boston, MA. As part of the masters program, I completed a year-long teaching internship at Andover High School, where I taught three sections of biology. Shortly after graduating from Simmons and receiving my teaching license, I came to Burlington.
What appealed to you about Burlington High School?
Even before I was passionate about biology, I always had a desire to teach. I was first inspired to teach when I was in middle school. My 7th and 8th grade Language Arts teacher, Mr. Dollas, was exceptionally caring, supportive, and kind. I wanted to emulate these characteristics and follow in his path. He somehow even made learning grammar enjoyable. While I found my niche in science later on, English was always a close second favorite.I had many great teachers all throughout my academic career, especially Mr. Dollas; my calculus teacher, Mr. Littlefield; and my biology teacher, Mr. Fuller. At Stonehill College, I developed personal and deep-rooted relationships with my biology professors. They were always available to talk, listen, and help. In the classroom, I admired their passion for their subject and limitless expertise.For most of my life I have known I wanted to teach, but never knew for what age level I would be suited. I substitute taught at both the middle and high school level at Newburyport and found that I connected to the high school students more. Luckily subbing did not scare me away from the teaching profession, and aspired me towards eventually having my own classroom.All of the positive characteristics, skills, and personalities that my teachers and professors exhibited drew me into teaching. I want to make a difference in someone's life, even if it is just one person. I want students to feel my energy and passion for biology and help them to become informed citizens. I also want to be a positive role model and lend a helping hand whenever I can. Teachers have a tremendous influence on their students' lives, and it is one of the few professions that has that privilege.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.I first met Mr. Larkin at the Merrimack Valley Teacher Recruitment Fair in March 2011. I shook his hand and he asked me how I felt about technology. He was radiating excitement about the new 1:1 initiative and this immediately drew me into Burlington. Being of the younger generation and a yearning to integrate more technology into the classroom, I told Mr. Larkin that I would love to be a part of the Burlington community.When I came in to interview in May, all of the people Mr. Larkin and Dr. Nassiff introduced me to took time out of their busy schedules to have a few words with me. They were incredibly cheerful and kind. The atmosphere was relaxed, yet everyone was hardworking. The people of Burlington High School made a great first impression and I could certainly see myself thriving there as a first year teacher.
I got engaged over the summer, so I was busy with some early wedding planning activities. My fiancé is in optometry school and has two years left. Our families are looking forward to free eye exams for life!
I enjoy going into Boston, watching movies, exercising, taking walks, traveling, reading, shopping, and playing with my dog, Molly.