After graduating from high school, I attended a community college and later transferred to a four year university. I received a bachelor's in biology with magna cum laude. I also earned a teaching credential for high school science.
Like my father, I became a high school science teacher. During my early years of teaching, my father gave me invaluable advice that has greatly influenced my style of teaching.
I worked as a chemist in the Boston area for over seven years before deciding to go to Japan as a teacher in the JET Program. While teaching in Japan, I had the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture. During a visit to one of the elementary schools in the village where I lived, I participated with students in a rice planting activity.
Once I came back from Japan, I worked as an application scientist for a company that manufactured spectrometers. These are instruments that analyze water and soil samples for elements based on the type of light they emit.