I am an 8th grade science teacher in Homer, AK. This is my 17th year teaching, 14th in middle school, and 11th at Homer Middle. I also coach cross country running. When I am not teaching, I love to run for my own health and enjoyment and try to challenge myself to a big race every year. I am an avid reader usually reading two or more books at any given time. I even listen to audio books while I run. My biggest passion (besides teaching) is travel. I want to go everywhere and have been slowing checking cool places off my list each year. I drag my, now 12 year old, daughter along with me on mother-daughter trips every summer.
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Over the past few years, my teaching focus has been to create a problem/project based classroom where students are given more flexibility with pace and path of learning, as well as, more authentic learning experiences. I have also been moving towards a more learning based grading system where students set goals and reflect on their own learning to determine "grades".