Hello everyone! I was a classroom teacher before taking a position with the Ohio Department of Education. I taught Biology for a few years about 24 years ago…so as I watched the videos for this week, I had a sense of familiarity. I taught nomenclature, using dichotomous keys and my students had to complete a leaf collection. Our school had a land lab for outdoor learning. They also had to learn the Latin names for our most common trees. This was in Ohio where I suspect there was a greater diversity in the types of trees than here in Alaska. I also taught biomes in Environmental Science. Growing up in a temperate deciduous forest, I am so very happy to be exploring the boreal forest on the peninsula where we have purchased property.
I was fortunate enough during my teaching career to have been selected as a PolarTREC teacher which is what brought me to Alaska. I fell in love and have been making plans for the past 10 years to come back permanently. My two daughters have graduated from college and we are finally building our retirement cabin on the peninsula. I am super excited about this course because I want to know ALL the plants that we have on our property. For me, it is like a fairytale dreamland with the mosses and lichens and berries. I can’t wait to learn all the things! I love to berry pick – both here and in Ohio. I am looking forward to learning when and where to find the best berries. Right now, my trips sees to always be in alignment with crowberry and low bush cranberry season. I also love to hunt mushrooms – but have not yet done that in Alaska. Our family is a very active, outdoor family. We love to explore nature, camp and really have a passion for learning new things. I am on the Board of Directors for the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and believe this learning will yield itself to some exciting learning experiences for students on the peninsula. I would like to write a grant to bring this vision into reality. I am very excited to be in this class!
I plan to use my iPhone 11 ProMax and I have asked my husband to build me the cute little microscope stand. I can’t wait to “meet” all of you.