I grew up and attended school in the Hastings school district, graduating in 1996. After High School I went to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to originally major in Chemical Engineering. During my sophomore year I made a change to Chemistry. I graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry.
In 2001, I started my graduate career at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. During my time at the University of Minnesota I enrolled concurrently with the College of St. Scholastica to get my MN teaching certificate. I received my teaching certificate in the summer of 2006 and starting teaching that fall at Friendly Hills Middle School. In the fall of 2007 I started teaching classes here at Woodbury High School. I completed my Master's of Science in Medicinal Chemistry the winter of 2008.
I have a passion for learning, especially in the sciences. One of the things I hope to instill in my students and colleagues is a curiosity and appreciation for the sciences.
This course will complete the preparation for the Advanced Placement exam. The physical and chemical properties of common chemical compounds are investigated in the laboratory. Special emphasis is placed on coordination compounds, acids, and bases, redox reactions, chemical equilibrium, precipitation equilibrium, reaction spontaneity, electrochemistry and the nomenclature and structure of organic compounds. Laboratory experiences will provide an opportunity to demostrate mastery of essential techniques and AP concepts. Review of AP Exam materials will be used throughout the year.
Chemistry is a college preparatory course in which the student is given an opportunity to investigate and quantitatively analyze the chemical and physical behavior of matter. In the laboratory the student will learn to make careful observation, seek out regularities and attempt to provide explanations for observed behavior. The student is introduced to a detailed analysis of the structure of solids and liquids, and the structure and chemistry of gasses.
PreAP Chemistry covers the same topics as standard Chemistry but in greater depth. Emphasis on scientific process and problem solving. This course provides a challenge for highly motivated students with a well above average mathematics background. This is a course for students considering a major in the mathematics or science field.