As both educational researcher and practitioner, I have more than two decades of experience
teaching middle school and high school science, over 10 years as an adjunct instructor
in higher education, six years as a full-time university faculty member, and two years
as department chair of math and sciences. My teaching experience has ranged across
all sciences including many courses in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, and physics
disciplines. An emphasis on life sciences and ecology has predominated, but in the
past I have gravitated toward instruction in, science pedagogy, environmental education
(EE), science & EE research methods, and a variety of educator preparation courses. I
have also served a wilderness canoe guide in the Northwoods and an international workshop
coordinator for many years. My favorite moments continue to be those when people
(young or old) make a discovery and allow themselves to change their view of the world.
My mantra has long been "We hate what we fear and fear what we don"t understand. A
proper, inquiry-based, science education program improves understanding, lessens fears,
and turns loathing to love and respect."