I hold high standards for all of my students, and I find it is important to model the behavior and professionalism I expect. I love being a science educator, and making science relevant is a main goal. I believe that students can only learn science by “doing good science;” by asking thoughtful questions, accurately testing and by analyzing data without bias. They need me for this, to show them what good science is. But there is also a side to science that begs young people to develop better ways to communicate ideas. Ultimately, my aim to to help students in all aspects of learning: thinking critically, writing, speaking, drawing/illustrating, and calculating, just to name a few. My hope is that any student of mine walks away with a sense that learning is a wonderful, on-going opportunity to better themselves and allows for them to take chances and to dream.