- M.A.Ed. Education (Physics) Wake Forest University (2005)
- B.S.E. Calvin College (2001)
- Affiliate Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2010 - present.
- High School Teacher at Catholic Central (2005 - 2010)
- Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellow (KSTF) (2005 - 2010).
- Engineer at URS Corporation (2001 - 2004).
- Engineer in Training (EIT) (2000).
- PHY 201, Fall 2010.
- SC 226, Fall 2010.
I'm very interested in how students take "ownership" of their grades. I enjoy looking at how coupling good summative and formative assessments with student feedback adds to their understanding of what a grade earned actually means. I'm a big fan of learning by doing, and believe that when true learning happens, there is absolutely no need for memorization. I am an alumni of the five year Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship (www.kstf.org) which gave me the opportunity to reflect and begin practicing research and leadership as a high school teacher. I hope to pass the word along about this amazing organization, so that more teachers can be supported the way I was in my five years of teaching high school physics and engineering. I spent a summer working with the TRAC program at Fermilab in Batavia, Il. It is an opportunity for teachers to work with scientists on current innovative projects. I worked on the NOvA project, which is projected to be finished in 2013.