Ellsworth High School

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I am more than proud to be member of the Ellsworth High School science department. This is my seventh year of working on the Freshman Academy team teaching physical science and my 13th year of teaching. In college I earned a degree in Ocean Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology and spent my formative years engaged in boatbuilding and the fishing industry. How things work and what stuff is made of has always fascinated me.
My calling has been teaching, which led me to earn a Masters in the Art of Teaching at the University of Maine, Orono. One of my favorite books is A Short History of Nearly Everything, which is a pretty good description of what we do in 9th grade science.  I love the class and I am eager to share the opportunity to explore the universe. I am fortunate enough to be able to teach the Engineering and Natural Disasters elective as well, where we learn about the engineering process and the Earth by engaging in activities and experiments.