As Laboratory Coordinator, my role lies in the weekly preparation and instruction of five to six sections of a combination of General Chemistry (CHEM103/104) and Organic Chemistry (CHEM221/222) laboratories each semester. In addition, I coordinate lab instruction with other laboratory instructors and the student teaching assistants assigned to each laboratory section.
Born and raised in the North Country of New York, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry/Biophysics (1995) and a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences (Organic Chemistry) (1997). In addition to St. Lawrence University, I have been an adjunct member of the faculty at North Country Community College (Saranac Lake), Clinton Community College (Plattsburgh), and SUNY Plattsburgh for the past ten years. I also work part-time at a Regional Medical Center.
Prior to St. Lawrence University, I spent nine years in quality assurance/quality control, working closely with the FDA for a global pharmaceutical manufacturing company (Pfizer).
I have two beautiful twin daughters, who you may see from time-to-time walking the halls of Johnson Hall of Science, I enjoy cooking, reading, hiking, and music.
My teaching philosophy can be best described as “tough love.” That is, I typically expect the same high quality work from my students that I would expect from my own children. That said feel free to stop by my office (JHS 315) whenever the door is open. If you have a question, ask it. If I know the answer, I will assist you, and if I don’t, I will find out, and we will learn together.
Regularly Taught Courses:
- CHEM103/104 General Chemistry I/II Laboratory
- CHEM221/222 Organic Chemistry I/II Laboratory
- Chemical Education
Sample Student Projects Supervised:
- Use of Guided-Inquiry Approaches to Teaching in the Chemistry Laboratory