Degree(s) earned and from where: BS – Biology – University of Southern Maine, MAT – Chemistry – Kennesaw State University

Previous career: Stay at home dad – 12 years, Computer Analyst 15 years.

Concentration/Subject: Chemistry / Biology

What made you decide to change to a career in K-12 teaching?
Ever since I was a child, I always have loved science. It is both my passion and my hobby. As an escape and a way to recharge my batteries, I spend time in parks and preserves looking at birds. Although my path to becoming a science teacher has not been direct, I am at a point in my life where I am ready to embark upon a new challenge and enter my second career as a teacher.

What attracted you to Kennesaw State University’s MAT program?
I looked into other programs as well as Kennesaw’s and Kennesaw’s program was the only one that I found that had a real focus on becoming a great teacher, not just a teacher. All programs produce teachers, but at Kennesaw there is a commitment to make everyone the best that they can be.

What do you hope to learn by being a Noyce Teaching Fellow?
I hope to be part of a community that shares knowledge and resources so that everyone involved can be the best teacher they can be. This resource sharing helps everyone. I want to be part of a group that is not competing against one another, but working alongside one another to promote best practices, great ideas and an overall enthusiasm for teaching.

What challenges do you think exist in high needs schools that differ from non-high needs schools?
Resources!! The first and most obvious is materials for the school. A high needs school does not always have the most up to date books, computers and science equipment. Teachers in high needs schools need to do more with less.

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