•  About Me

    I'm originally from West Nyack, New York and I live in Phillipsburg now. I have two sons: Jackson is eleven years old and Dalton is four years old.  In addition to Physics, I like to travel, hang out with my family and friends, swim, cook, read, and watch Jackson’s basketball, and baseball games.  I look forward to having you in class this year!



    Ed.M. Science Education                                                        2014

    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

    Concentration: Physics

    B.S. Elementary Education & B.S. Special Education          2002

    The University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

    ·        Henry King Stanford Scholarship for Excellence in Academics

    ·        University of Miami Honors Program

    ·        Member: Delta Gamma


    Saint Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY

    ·       Graduated Cum Laude



    The 2018-2019 school year marks my eleventh year teaching at Del Val and my sixteenth year teaching high school..

    Princeton University, Princeton Center for Complex Materials 2011- 2014

    Master Teacher

    Master Teacher for the Princeton University Materials Science Academy (PUMA), worked collaboratively with Princeton faculty to plan and teach curriculum for high school students studying materials science at Princeton, guided students through research experiences and presentations.


    Princeton University, School of Chemical Engineering

    June 2009-August 2010


    Researched the properties of a polymer, Nafion, and its possible application in fuel cells.  See below for publications.


    Recent Professional Development Experiences


    Cooperating Teacher for Rutgers University Student Teacher

    Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute, AP Physics
    NJAAPT Waves Workshop at Governors' School 
    Facilitator for “Support on Site” program for new teachers

     September - December 2015

    August 2015
    July 2015 
    June 2013 – present


    Cooperating Teacher for TCNJ Student Teacher

    September 2013 – December 2013


    Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute, AP Physics

    August 2013


    NJDOE Committee: End of Course Assessments in Science

    January 2013 – December 2013


    NJDOE Committee: Next Generation Science Standards

    January 2013 – December 2013


    Rutgers University: High-Tech, Low-Cost Physics

    March 2013


    NJAAPT Holiday Treats

    December 2012, 2011, 2010


    Presenter: Good Reader Application for the Ipad, Del Val iPad Academy

    September 2012


    Research Experience for Teachers Mentor, Princeton University

    June 2012 – August 2012


    AAPT National Conference Philadelphia, PA

    July 2012


    Clouds at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

    July 2012


    Leaders Take Flight Workshop

    June 2011


    Performed in The Physics Magic Show at Rutgers Day

    June 2011


    NJAAPT Spring Sectional Meeting, Princeton University

    March 2011


    PTRA Physics & Engineering Workshop, Penn State-Schuylkill

    March 2011


    Dave’s Dazzling Demos, Rutgers University

    February 2011


    Research Experience for Teachers, Princeton University

    June 2009 – August 2010




    Press & Publications 

    Johnson,Kelly.  (2013, July 12.  Trenton youth get hands-on scienceexperience at Princeton University Materials Academy.  The Times of     Trenton.



    Renner, R. (Director).  (2013). iPads[Television series episode].  Classroom Close-up NJ.  Trenton: NJTV.Description: https://www.dvrhs.org/CuteSoft_Client/CuteEditor/Images/anchor.gif

    Sievers, John.  (2011, June 29.)  Alexandria Field Airport puts female teachers in the air with grant.  The Express Times.


    Zhao, Qiao, and Nicole Carro, Ho Youn Ryu, Jay Benziger.  “Sorption and transport of methanol and ethanol in           

        H+ nafion.” Polymer 53.6(2012): 1267-1276.  Print.


    One of my students, Aphrael Boltas wrote an amazing article about her experience in PUMA: http://www.princeton.edu/pccmeducation/news/archive/?id=11126
    Here's a video from Princeton Engineering about my students in Princeton University Materials Academy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKc29qUxSNQ

    Del Val extra-curriculars

    Support On Site (SOS) facilitator for new teachers

    National Honor Society Advisor (2010-2014)

    Advisor for Girls’ Swimming

    Strategic Planning: Academic High Achievement Task Force



    Delaware Valley Regional High School Teacher of the Year 2014-2015 
Last Modified on June 10, 2018