I have taught 9th-12th grade engineering, robotics, and technology for 19 years. I previously taught at Natick High School for 12 years and am now in my seventh year at Hopkinton High School. My position is the district leader for Business, Tech & Engineering grades 6–12.A major focus of my work has been “minding the gender gap” in STEM. I have helped increase female student enrollment in our department from seven to 39 percent in just six years. I have led numerous robotics and competitive technology teams to state and regional championships as well as national and international competitions. Nationally, my technology teams have won seven titles and multiple top-three placements. During my tenure at Hopkinton, I have helped grow the robotics program from six students to 160 in grades 6–12. I was fortunate to accompany students from my Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam to the 2014 Office of Science and Technology Policy White House Science Fair. The team’s invention was awarded a U.S. patent. I serve as a Master Teacher for the Lemelson-MIT Program and an ambassador for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, assisting students and teachers nationwide through invention processes. I helped draft national invention education standards. In 2014 I won the Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year Award and served on the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and Computer Science and Engineering Subcommittee. I was awarded The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science (PAEMST) in 2019. I have earned a B.S. in business from Framingham State University; a M.A. in secondary education from Salem State University; and a M.A. in educational leadership and a STEM Certification, both from Framingham State University. My certifications are in technology and engineering, computer science, instructional technology, business, supervisor and director, principal and vice principal.
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