Meet Our Teachers
Here at the Museum of Life and Science, I specialize in developing tinkering and technology-based programs and curriculum. The topic of tinkering lets you imagine, create, and learn through project-based experiences where you get to decide what you want to create! For me, tinkering is a creative experience because you can use diverse materials and create a brand-new invention! Before developing our tinkering and technology programs, I was a part of the Museum’s Summer Camp Program and Fellowship Program. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism from North Carolina State University. While my degree is not in STEM fields, working at the Museum has provided me numerous opportunities for learning through STEM activities and programs.
I grew up on the coast, surrounded by sand dunes and the ocean. In middle school I participated in the Duke TIP program where I spent a summer with a geoscientist, studying marsh ecosystem on the North Carolina Coast. This program changed my life and before I knew it, I found myself at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington studying marine chemistry. This took me to North Carolina State University where I earned my Ph.D. in Marine Biogeochemistry studying the Neuse River Estuary. From there I worked with Dr. David McConnell, a former geologist, in the Geoscience Learning Process Research group as a Postdoc. I developed short videos-based resources for Introductory Geoscience Courses and tested their impact on student learning and metacognitive judgments. I am responsible for the unique hand-drawn illustrations that are incorporated into each video. You can now find me teaching classes at the Museum of Life and Science as well as helping write and develop curriculum for their new exhibit Earth Moves.
My experience as a science educator has included handling animals, exploring waterways, building a historically accurate bark house and palisade, checking hives (pictured), and most recently, managing in-person and online facilitated experiences for The Lab! I earned my degree in Anthropology from UNC Charlotte and have since found joy as an informal educator in the museum world, where I can teach authentically, inclusively, and experientially. I am an educational generalist, though I am especially interested in evolutionary biology and human origins. In my spare time, I like to be outdoors and do experimental archaeology with lithics and other early human technologies. My teaching philosophy is centered in cultivating skepticism and wonder as tools for seeking understanding and making the world safe for human differences.