Welcome to STEM !
I joined SJHS in 2001. I earned my B.A. in Biology from Seton Hill College and earned a number of postgraduate credits from a variety of colleges and universities.
I teach Biology, Science Research and Algebra in Room 215 in the Science and Technology Center. I am the faculty advisor to our science research students and sponsor them as they attend the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science meetings, the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and the Pennsylvania Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. I have also been fortunate enough to sponsor students as they attended the International Science and Engineering Fair and the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.
We have a very dynamic science program at SJHS fostered in an environment that encourages success. As a result, I have been the recipient of awards and grants. I received a grant from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh during the 2015-2016 school year, the Teacher Award from Pennsylvania Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in 2014, 2019 and 2020, and the Outstanding Teacher in Math or Science Award from the Carnegie Mellon Chapter of Sigma Xi in 2011. At the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair we won both the teacher and school award for having the most winning entries in the Senior Division in 2010, 2009, and 2007. In 2010, I received the American Vacuum Society Teacher Award. In 2006, I was honored to receive the Golden Apple Award from the Pittsburgh Diocese. I received the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Sponsor Award in 2006 and the American Society of Civil Engineers Pittsburgh Division Teacher Award in 2005.
In addition to my duties in the classroom, I also serve on the PJAS Judging Committee at both the regional and state level .
"Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude." Pope Francis, May 21, 2014 "I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." – Albert Einstein