Hey y'all! I was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma (BOOMER!). I got my undergraduate degree and master's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. After 27 years I decided to see what other states had to offer. I spent a year in Texas an decided it was much too hot, so I figured I would give Montana a shot. I visited Missoula in March of 2017 and decided it was a great fit (and not as hot). I got a teaching job (one year in Stevi), a dog (Chaucney), some skis (first time skier), and the rest is history. This will be my fifth year teaching and I am looking forward to teaching here in Frenchtown. I have heard great things about Frenchtown and its wonderful, strong community! When I am not teaching I love running the trails of Missoula, figuring out how to not fall while skiing, trying not to burn food as I learn how to cook, laughing with friends, and generally enjoying a glass half full kind of life. I am so excited to see what this year has to bring!
This course in an overview of general biology. We will start with cells and genetics and move into ecology and adaptations. Some of the main concepts we will be going over will be Cell Structure and Function, Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, Cell Growth and Division, DNA and RNA, Bacteria and Viruses, Protists and Fungi. We will be exploring these ideas using lecture notes, labs and discussion.
This course is a sesmter long course. The first semster we will put our focus into water ecology and second semster we will put our focus into wildlife ecology. Ecology is the scientific study of the distribution and abundance of living organisms and the interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment. We will start with what is environmental science and how it relates to what we will be doing and move into earth's systems, organization of life, and water ecology.