About

Who am I?

Short Version
Educrat. Scientist. Blogger. Data viz junkie. Standards-based grading evangelist. Shenaniganizer. In other words, I'm just your basic fugitive from the law of averages.





Long Version
I'm a a career educator, with K - 12 experience in science curriculum, instructional coaching, and both small- and large-scale assessment. I currently work for a school district supervising assessments, presenting data, and completing other duties as assigned. I present at various state and national conferences on subjects like grading practices, data visualization, and classroom technology integration. Résumé basics are here and you can read an interview with me here.

In my personal life, I'm an avid reader, Amtrak fan, classic movie buff, and recovering Texan. 

What's the deal with "Science Goddess"? When I started blogging, pseudonyms were normal in what passed for social media at that time. I didn't know how long I'd stick with blogging or consider the ramifications of associating so much content with a handle like science_goddess. But now, we're permanently linked. To share ideas under my own name means starting over---and leaving the old pseudonym open for someone else to adopt (and claim my content). The ladybug is a nod to my original blog's template...and my personal background as the daughter of an entomologist.


So, here I am: a work in progress.

What is What It's Like on the Inside?
I started blogging nearly a decade ago as a way to connect with other educators who were wrestling with similar ideas to me. And even after all these years, it is still the space I come to first as I think about this thing we call public education. Blogging scratches an itch for me that no other conversation does.

I wish I had a great story about the name, but it really just refers to a desire to provide some insight into the world of education. My other blog, Excel for Educators, is an offshoot of my original thoughts here about classroom data and data visualization. It is my attempt to empower educators to collect and use data.

Standard Disclaimer: This is a personal blog. Opinions here are my own and not my employer's. Swim at your own risk.


Contact
You can find me on Twitter (@science_goddess) or email me with questions, comments, or job offers. :) You can also access content using the buttons in the sidebar.