The DNALC's multi-disciplinary staff has experience in elementary, secondary, and collegiate instruction; biochemistry and molecular biological research; computer programming; design, photography, fine arts, and interior design; science journalism; public relations and development; and opinion research.
Middle School Educator
Even from a very early age, after seeing the impact my father had on his students, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. It became apparent to me when I used to take chalk from school and pretend to teach on my walls at home. After falling in love with biology during my senior year of high school, I decided to go to Providence College and pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Secondary Education.
I received a wealth of knowledge in college ranging from Genetics to Marine Biology. I also learned the best ways to teach science to middle and high school students. After graduating, I went on to teach Life Science and Biology at a school in a suburb of Boston, MA. This is where I was able to put everything I had learned into practice. It opened my eyes to what an awesome opportunity one has as an educator. My goal was to get my students to enjoy and appreciate the world around them and want to figure out how it works.
Throughout this process, genetics has always been an area that peaked my interest, and that I also enjoyed teaching the most. There was so much current literature and research going on in this field, I realized that my students were very interested and could some day make an impact. So when I discovered the DNA Learning Center, and was offered the opportunity to focus on teaching genetics, I could not pass it up.
The DNA Learning Center lets me combine my passion for teaching and genetics. The programs at the center incorporate important aspects of science education and allow us to impact the lives of many different students. Being part of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory also gives us access to the future of genetics and the research going on in this field. I could not ask for more!