Degrees and Certifications:
I teach mathematics and engineering here at Mountain Ridge High School. I received my undergraduate degree in Engineering at the University of Illinois. I have a Master’s degree in Education from Arizona State University. This is my third year with the Mountain Ridge staff. I previously taught engineering and mathematics at Shadow Ridge High in the Dysart Unified School District for 5 years.
My professional background:
I am a licensed Professional Engineer. I practiced civil engineering in both the Chicago and Phoenix metropolitan areas for over 13 years. My projects included many residential subdivisions and commercial properties.
My students and I have participated in the SkillsUSA Competitions at both the state and national levels. We competed in areas including mobile robotics, engineering technologies, and engineering mathematics. In previous years we have placed second in Engineering Mathematics, second in Engineering Technologies, and first and second in Mobile Robotics in the state of Arizona. I will be helping with the engineering club at Mountain Ridge.
We currently are in our third year in the FRC competition. We are still learning, but we have learned a lot. Its a great program where students get a chance to learn and compete in many different aspects of engineering and robotocs. I encourage you to check the link out to find more about it.
In general I like anything outdoors (swimming, biking). I am an avid runner. I have run in the Rockin Roll 1/2 mathathon the last 4 years. My favorite type of running is trail running. I ran in the 2 Ragnar Trail runs at McDowell Mt. Regional Reserve. My family and I go camping throughout the year. Last year we went to Yellowstone.