Transforming knowledge into action empowers teachers and students to create a positive change in their community. As a 5th-generation Arizonan who has lived in Tucson for most of my life, I strive to be part of the positive change.
I utilize my previous work experience as an engineer and classroom teacher at Arizona Project WET. In the Recharge the Rain project I help teachers and students put knowledge into action to combat climate change and build a resilient community. We assist teachers in teaching climate literacy, and the engineering design and installation of rainwater harvesting systems at local schools. Through the MATE underwater robotics program, I work with teachers and students in providing real world engineering challenges to students,
Despite being a desert rat, I am also a polar junkie. In Spring 2009, I participated in the PolarTREC program and assisted a group of international researchers during their field campaign in Barrow, Alaska. I experienced where the temperature scales meet up at -40°, for Celsius and Fahrenheit. This expedition hooked me on field research, polar science, and the Polar Regions. I presented in two International Polar Year Science Conferences in Oslo and Montreal. As a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow I explored Nunavut and Greenland, and later had the opportunity to visit Antarctica. As an executive committee member of the Polar Educators International council, I work with educators and researchers across the globe to help students understand that changes in the Polar Regions affect us, and we affect the Polar Regions.
Through my job at APW and my involvement in the polar community, I love being able to provide the tools for others to transform knowledge into actions that can ensure that Tucson is a community that will support future generations with a high quality of life.