Bachelors Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Astronomy Minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
University of Colorado at Boulder
Graduated: May 2012
ENDORSEMENTS: Colorado Dept. Education
• Initial Teacher License
• Highly Qualified in Mathematics
Life Before Thomas Jefferson High School
I think of it less as life BEFORE TJHS but life between TJHS. I am actually a TJHS graduate. Go Spartans! I attended TJ all 4 years, played Varsity Soccer (back with Coach Poole), was in the band, did Balarat, and graduated Salutatorian in May of 2008. Following that I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and received my degree in Astronomy. I actually worked for a year on the MAVEN Spacecraft which is currently orbiting Mars while I was there. I found, however, that writing computer code for spacecraft was not really for me. I wanted to do more and so I went into education.
I started in education at Grant Beacon Middle School for two years. From there I went on to teach Algebra/Math 1 at Abraham Lincoln High School. I was at Lincoln for 3 years which was a wonderful experience of growth. However, I always wanted to return to my Alma Mater and so I have returned.
Outside of school I am an Irish Dancer. Yes, like Riverdance only harder and more sparkly. I spend most of my free time training for dance, or worrying about dance, or teaching dance to young beginners. I recently returned from the World Championships which was held in Scotland back in March. Don’t ask how I did (let’s just say I wasn’t first) but it was a wonderful experience that I was honored to have been invited.