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Is the world running out of rocks? What do you think?
I am a good listener.
I will believe in you, support you and encourage you.
I will be fair, but firm.
I will work hard to help you learn.
I expect similar from you:
- Be a good listener.
- Believe in, support, and encourage yourself and others.
- Work hard.
About me:I started teaching at Cascade in 1985 and obviously like Cascade or I wouldn't still be here! I have a Geology degree from St. Lawrence University, a Masters in Education from U.W. and am a National Board Certified Teacher.
I love outdoor activities, mostly hiking, skiing, camping and photography which all led to writing a book published by the University of Washington Press: The North Cascades Highway, A Roadside Guide to America's Alps. I've done citizen science projects on Pikas and Glacier Mass Balance research for the National Park Service, and currently do remote wilderness camera monitoring for Conservation Northwest.
When I was kid, I looked for gems and fossils in Maine and Nova Scotia so that's how I first got into science. After majoring in geology, I went to work in Wyoming and Utah doing oil exploration. I later moved to Seattle, got married, earned a teaching degree at Western, and started at Cascade. My son's in the Navy and my daughter is a graphic designer.
I believe learning science should be interesting, challenging (hard), AND fun. Sometimes it's all of those, sometimes it's none. But just like everything in life, the more you put into it, the more you get out.
One of my favorite quotes, still from high school days, is from the Ozark Mountain Daredevils: "...and like my Daddy said, it's in your heart not your head, and you've got to sing, and sing, and sing." We need to think and use our heads, but if we're not connected with our hearts and other people and the wonders of life, we lose the ability to sing (or dance, draw, write, do sports or however you express yourself). So however you "sing", do it.