My belief concerning education is that in spite of all of the political and bureaucratic rhetoric, educating our children must be the fundamental priority. I believe in an interactive approach to education, and providing as much enthusiasm towards the subject matter as I am capable of offering. As a science educator, I believe in utilizing “real world” examples that help to make the theoretical information come alive. I believe in providing as much one-on-one attention as I can, and I am a strong advocate that science is something everyone can understand. In all, I believe that teaching is a lifestyle rather than simply an occupation. I started college straight out of high school. However, I joined the Air force as a means of learning discipline and in turn I also learned the value of an education. I took classes throughout my career in the armed forces, raised my GPA and when I separated, I went back to school and earned a B.S in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Though it took me eight years to finally earn my degree, every experience was well worth it and the life lessons were priceless.