As a teacher who grew up in a small rural town and now lives in another small town, I thought it would be interesting to chronicle both my experiences living and teaching in a rural area as well as the new adventures my family and I embarked on since we moved to “the big city” (Washington, DC), and opportunities I’ve discovered for educators and students since then.

A little bit about myself:  While I am now fully invested in STEM education, it wasn’t always that way. I grew up in a tiny town in Pennsylvania (actually, Mars, PA).  I always loved science, particularly anything that had to do with space–a result of living in Mars, perhaps?  My interest stayed with me, but math came slow and laboriously, so I didn’t think I was cut out for a life of science.  Instead, I went to school for literature and writing, something else I enjoyed.  I taught English, first in Calexico, CA, then moved to Colorado to pursue a master’s degree in literature.  There, I met some wonderful professors who inspired me to write about what I was really interested in…science.  I finished my degree, began to teach English once more, but had the bug to get into science full time.

Since then I went back to school and completed my master’s in science education; taught middle school language arts and science; and then high school science in a small town with a school enrollment of under 300 students K-12.  My family and I moved to Washington, DC while I served as an Einstein Educational fellow for 2 years, and returned to Colorado to teach pre-service STEM teachers.  I’ve taught everything from physical science, biology, chemistry, physics, astronautics, to remedial language arts at the secondary level, and teaching pedagogy at the university level.

My largest challenge in education at this point has been merging the large-scale, national view of education with the “boots on the ground,” realistic nature of being in a classroom.  Most classroom teachers don’t care about what DC is doing with education (they don’t have the time to follow that!), and most people making large-scale decisions for teachers have no idea what it’s really like in a classroom.  So how do you bridge the two?  That’s my quest.

I think I need more coffee for that one…



2 Responses to “About”

  1. April as always I am proud and inspired by you. Best of luck and keep writing.


  2. Our stories are so similar, especially about how we arrived to be English nerds vs. science nerds. You have so much courage to follow your dreams into uncharted territory; you are truly an inspiration to me.

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