Arizona Project WET takes many of my passions - education, problem solving, the environment, children, design, technology and engineering and science - and focuses them on the most compelling issue in this place and time: water. As an Education and Technology Coordinator for APW, I get to learn and teach about water, work with teachers and students to realize more effective education, explore technology tools and figure out how to use them to accomplish educational and career-oriented objectives, develop effective STEM curriculum, and build a better website every day. I love what I do and I'm inspired by the people that I work with. My experiences prior to and during my 11 years with APW help me to accomplish these things for the organization and for the teachers and community that we serve. Thanks to my Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Idaho, Masters in Educational Technology from the University of Arizona, and 13 years of engineering in the semiconductor industry, my engineering approach to problem solving, planning and instructional design benefit APW's curriculum development. 10 years as a school Technology Coordinator and Math, Science, Computer, and Professional Development instructor give me insight into the challenges that our teachers face in and out of the classroom today. Work with girls at the Phoenix Girls Chorus and high school students through FIRST Robotics connects me to today's youth. Having developed websites at every juncture along my career path for 20 years, the APW website is a fun and challenging place to apply my programming skills.
Today, as a remote team member of APW, I have one foot in the northwest and one in the southwest. I'm acutely aware of the connectedness of humanity and of the earth across the miles that separate us physically. Everything I do with my left foot affects what I do with my right foot! And I'm able to give even more to Arizona teachers and youth because of it.