First of all, let me say how excited I am about the year ahead. I am looking forward to getting to know each of you and watching you grow into inquiring seventh grade scientists! We have much to explore, learn, and contemplate; I am glad you are along for the ride. This is my 20th year teaching at Century. I feel so fortunate to be here with such great students (you) and very dedicated teachers.
I believe that each of us has the ability to light up the world with what we have inside.
When I was a kid growing up in Ohio, I loved to play outside, collect rocks, and wonder how the world around me came to be- not much has changed. The path I have taken in life has truly been an adventure. In the 1990's, I spent four summers working in Yellowstone National Park where my love for science was ignited. During these summers, I fell in love with the Rocky Mountains, and my deepest desire was to live in a place where I could see their majesty everyday and admire their grand history. I am here and couldn't be happier. I love to backpack, hike, climb 14er's, camp with the bears, mountain bike, kayak, and frisbee golf.
A while ago, a Century kid approached me with the idea of starting a hiking club, since she knew how important it was for me to get kids outside. From that idea, OASIS (Outdoor Adventurous Students Into Science) was born. This is the 10th year for the club, and it is one of the few middle school hiking clubs in the COUNTRY! I run this club with Mr Garner. OASIS has been to many beautiful places in Colorado during our 10 year run of being one of the most fun and adventurous clubs at Century. Places we have visited and # of trips we have taken include: Saint Mary's Glacier (2 trips) , Brainard Lake/ Indian Peaks Wilderness (3 trips), Guenella Pass at the base of Mount Bierstadt and a hike into Georgetown, CO (4 trips), Boulder Canyon Recreation Trail and hike into Boulder (7 trips), Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre (9 trips), Castle Wood Canyon (1 trip- complete with a surprise wedding shower for our co-sponsor teacher at that time.), and Rocky Mountain National Park (3 trips).