Dear parents and students,
Because I do not teach freshmen, we may not have had the opportunity to meet. I have been teaching here at Paris High School for eleven years now and, before that, taught various Science classes such as Chemistry, Physics, and Biological Sciences at Casey-Westfield. I live with my husband, Scott, and three kids: Kaitlin, Cooper, and Payton (named after the great Walter Payton, not after Peyton Manning) on a cattle farm outside of Paris. I received my Bachelor's Degree at the University of Illinois in Biological Science, then went on to earn my Teaching Certificate at Eastern Illinois University. I am involved in ICLCS, a University of Illinois Chemistry program funded by the National Science Foundation to incorporate computer visualization programs and tools into high school Chemistry classes and improve their Chemistry literacy. I recently finished my Master's Degree in Natural Science at EIU and earned my National Board Certification in Chemistry. I teach Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, and AP Chemistry.
I hope that you will communicate with me via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (school: 466-1175 and cell: 264-0467) if you have questions or concerns. I strongly believe in the importance of parent/teacher communication. I also encourage you to visit your student's MMS grade account to view their classroom progress and my blog (http://blockchemistry.blogspot.com) to view pictures of your student in lab.
Your student has been asked to have a dedicated notebook, folder, and some sort of notebook to use as a journal book. They also need a calculator (see Grading Policy). Please help them to acquire these items. I hope that you will come and visit me during Parent/Teacher nights in October!