I am originally from Western Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia. I attended the University of Georgia for my BS and MS. I worked for 2 years at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Solid Waste and 1 year in private consulting as an environmental scientist. I transitioned to teaching at Coile Middle School in Winterville, GA in 1997 and Centennial High School in Roswell, GA in 1999 where I primarily taught AP and honors biology. I changed school settings in 2021 to Innovation Academy STEM School where I now teach biotechnology and sponsor DNA Club.
My team is made up of 8 students ranging from 16 to 18 years old. The team consists of 7 female students and one male student from diverse cultural backgrounds. The team is part of a larger independent research club called DNA Club which currently has 40 students. The students perform this research on their own time. There are no grades involved, so it is an intrinsic endeavor for them. The goal of DNA Club is for students to perform high level independent biology research in high school.