I believe that learning is best accomplished by doing. This can be through research projects, labs, in class work, group work, field trips and more. The most important thing is to have fun while you are learning!
locationPolk Science - room 140
After completing my Biology degree as FSC I decided to travel, while going to graduate school. This led me to the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. I spend three amazing years completing two degrees before moving back to the States.
Shortly after returning, I became an Urban Forester with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. During my time with NYC Parks I learned how vitally important urban forestry is. I ran tree care classes for various age groups, facilitated the planting of commemorative trees, selected trees from nurseries for planting, supervised plantings, designed specialty planting projects and so much more. I have a strong appreciation for trees, their importance, and their health. If you ever go for a walk with me, you will hear comments about trees.
After my time with NYC Parks I moved back to Florida to become a Utility Arborist with a local power company. I know, no one likes the way the trees are cut near power lines. As a Utility Arborist I monitored the transition power lines in ten Central Florida counties. This included ground patrols, helicopter patrols and the use of a marsh master is particularly wet areas.
My next life change was re-entering the world of academia. This was always my goal. I am entering my third year teaching. I am thrilled to be teaching and even more thrilled to be back at Florida Southern College.
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand Masters of Forestry Science, Second Class Honors December 2007 Post Graduate Diploma in Ecology, December 2007
Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Bachelors of Science in Biology, May 2004 Concentration in Environmental Biology Biology Merit Award, May 2005
Excellence in Customer Service, This is a nomination based award given through the NYC Mayors Office once a year to a single member of each City Agency, 2011.
Best in Parks - Youth Programs, This is an award given through the NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner’s office. I received this award for my part in making the Green Teens program a success, 2011.
Biology Merit Award, Awarded by Florida Southern College Biology Faculty to a student demonstrating outstanding service and scholarship to the department, 2004.