"Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact." - Carl Sagan
My undergraduate background is in elementary education, and as an evolutionary biologist, my goal is to combine my pedagogical knowledge with my skills in the sciences to create meaningful, exciting learning experiences for children and adults. As a master's student, I was involved in an outreach program at the University of Alabama, CAARE: Conservation of Alabama Amphibians and Reptiles through Education. I, along with other graduate students in Leslie Rissler's lab, visited local schools and events to show our live animals and discuss amphibian and reptile biodiversity and decline in Alabama. As an educator, I understand the importance of cross-discipline inquiry-based education in student learning, and I am a firm believer that providing "hands-on, minds-on" experiences with live animals and other aspects of "real" science is the best way to correct students' misconceptions about biodiversity. I am excited by the opportunity to continue working with teachers and administrators to develop effective experiences to ehance student learning in science.
As a graduate student at LSUMNS, I participated in local events showcasing Louisiana's biodiversity and other Museum research, showing collection specimens to the public and explaining the importance of museum research collections to science and conservation.