Welcome Students and Parents! I was born and raised in Boise and have taught Science courses for fourteen years. I love being married and raising our two boys enjoying the outdoors and traveling here and abroad.
Life Science classes will be exploring the characteristics of living things (plants and animals). Students will engage in discovery and inquiry learning, applying the skills of a scientist at home and in class and lab. They will work together to explain and think more deeply about Science phenomena.
1st semester: Molecules to Organisms: Cell structure, cell processes, and organ systems. Students will observe and create microscope slides, as well as dissect animals and plants (trout and organ lab with hearts & lungs).
Heredity: Genetics and variation of traits. Includes DNA structure, punnett squares, mitosis, meiosis (dissect flower parts: female and male) and researching genetic disorders.
2nd semester: Biological Adaptations: Unity, diversity and change over time. Research artificial selection (cloning, G.M.O.'s) and natural selection (survival of the fittest).
Ecosystems: Interactions, energy and ecological relationships of plants and animals. Students will raise trout from egg stage and release them at fingerling stage, as well as explore pond water micro organisms.
It is a great privilege to be in a community with such caring and competent teachers and parents. I welcome and encourage the array of talents and gifts you offer. For information on your child’s grades you can go to Power School or contact me by e-mail. Thanks!