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I'm the Science teacher here at the Alternative Learning Center. This year I am teaching Earth Science, Elements of Science, Psychology and Sociology. My academic background is mostly in natural biology (as opposed to pre-med human biology) and I have taught Living Environment in the past. I have a passion for Astronomy and History and actually enjoy practical Math. I feel as if my position here at the ALC was tailor made for me. Like many of my students here at ALC, my path has been anything from linear.
After high school I went to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where I majored in Forest Biology. After four years I left to work at and outdoor education center where I led groups of children and adults through a variety of outdoor adventure activities for example; rock climbing, caving, canoeing, group challenge, high ropes course, backpacking and climbing tower. After several years, I took a job teaching at a private residential treatment center/facililty incorporating much of what I had learned previously. Another several years passed and I reenrolled in college to complete my bachelors and then a masters degree. I have had several teaching jobs in the past but always with varying levels of at risk youth. I enjoy my position here at the ALC because it allows me the opportunity to really connect with students, learn what they need and provide them with the oppportunities that allow them to learn and grow into responsible, productive adults.
Fun facts about me
1. I have three children, ages 4, 6 and 8.
2. I'm a better teacher than Mrs DiPasquale because I know CPR and how to tie knots. (according to one of the students here at ALC)
3. Ms. DiBenedetto is the paraprofessional that helps me and the students in my room.
4. I've been to 7 countries and 23 of the 50 states.
5. Some of the jobs I've done in the past include, River Rafting Guide, Lawn Mowing, Construction, Food service,