Anaheim Ducks November 2021 Teacher of the Month
Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School; Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Tell us about yourself!
Currently, I teach 8th grade science. I’ve been teaching for over 30 years total, but I’ve also taught elementary grades, video production, and technology classes, as well as college courses for teachers. I became a teacher because I’d always had fun in school, and I knew that if I became a teacher, my work would never be boring! The thing I love most about teaching is simply seeing that joy of discovery light up the faces in my students. I don’t see it every day, but when I do, it energizes me for weeks! I’m also the Tobacco Use Prevention Education Coordinator at my school. In this role, I get to arrange a beach clean-up with students from my school. We’ll partner with the Ocean Institute, and include lessons on the dangers of cigarette butts in the environment. I was honored to be a Teacher of the Year in 2020 for my school district. I have one grown son, who is happily residing in Maui.
Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?
Teemu Selanne – This might sound strange, but not only was he a Duck, but when he moved to San Jose, he bought my sister’s house. Now, he lives very close to my school, and my family really enjoys his restaurant.
What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?
I have many favorite parts of the Future Goals program. First, the students really enjoy it. They have actually commented on it. Also, it aligns with my curriculum, and it gives detailed data on student use for teachers. It is easy to have students join my classes, and I really like that it gives additional chances on the quizzes. The amount of STEM in hockey is endless. Right now, I’m teaching physical science, so we will be covering Newton’s Laws soon. Hockey has multiple examples to use to illustrate these laws. Also, we integrate Design Thinking whenever possible. Having students process how to engineer an arena that can keep ice cold, while containing thousands of people, makes for terrific discussions.
If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?
Goalie – I’m tall, so I can cover a lot of area. Also, speed isn’t one of my gifts, but I can focus well, so I think I’d excel at covering the goal. In addition, when I played field hockey, I was the goalie.