I am a biologist and STEM educator at The University of Akron. I’ve taught over 11,000 non-majors biology students and mentored 150 biology grad students. I’ve written seven laboratory manuals, while working full time, kicking butt as a single mother, and living with Type I diabetes. I love technology, and use it to enhance my teaching. I recently developed a personal website, and a custom website for a laboratory manual publisher.
This is my personal blog. It is focused on improving STEM education. My mission is to assist other STEM educators in positively impacting their students. As a result, I write about biology, education, technology, student success, and curriculum development. On occasion, I write about things that don’t fit neatly into those categories. I often give shout outs to my son Guppy, and my chihuahua Tipsy.
My goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to work in your personal and professional life. If you want to use technology in your classroom, or design exciting curriculum for your students — then this blog is for you.
I typically post three times a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
My Top Posts
If you are new to my site, you might want to start with my most popular posts. Here are my top three in each category:
- Branding YouTube Videos for Educators
- Choosing New Ways to Open Doors
- Lifetime Learning – is it About Degrees or Skills?
- But where did we COME from? The burning question about chickens, eggs, humans, and apes.
- Mitosis Jokes
- This is probably one of the funniest science videos I’ve ever seen. Ever.
- Who Else Wants A Paperless House?
- Must-have apps for college students
- Technology has solved the problem of “women in science”
- How My Life is Like Google – As Life Changes, Creativity Helps Me Survive
- Becoming a Mindful Student
- Teaching STEM Students to Embrace Mistakes
- Embracing a Growth Mindset
- Evernote Tips: How To Use Evernote To Achieve Your Goals
- Is Your College Targeting You for a “Consumption Lifestyle?”
- 10 Tips for Handling Student Excuses
- Tips for Techie Teachers
- Five Ways to Get a Busy Professor to Answer Your Emails, That Don’t Involve a Bribe
You can also check my blog’s archive for a list of every post I have written or use the search function below my picture in the sidebar to find other posts that might be of interest.