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My family has lived in the Tomball area and I have worked in the Tomball School District since 1993. Both of my children are Tomball High School graduates.

I have filled several roles in my time here. I started in the district as a substitute for science teachers when my children were young, then I moved on to work as a full time science teacher and department head for THS science. I have been in my current position as Science Specialist in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction since 2006.

This is an exciting year of new curriculum development for science.  Our goal in Tomball ISD is to create a science curriculum using researched best practices that will prepare our students for the future- whatever that may be!   

I think SCIENCE feeds our curiosity about the world and Chemistry in particular is my passion!

We do not learn from experience...we learn from reflecting on experience.

John Dewey


Recent Posts

FYI: New Lineage of Microbes found in Yellowstone


MSU scientists’ discovery in Yellowstone ‘extremely relevant’ to origin of life

Montana State University scientists have found a new lineage of microbes living in Yellowstone National Park’s thermal features that sheds light on the origin of life, the evolution of archaeal life and the importance of iron in early life. Read more

Required 7th Grade PAP Summer Training

The summer professional development for PAP 7th grade will take place on June 4-6 from 8:30-3:30 at Tomball Memorial High School.  (specific room will be specified later) The first day will be what does PAP Science look like in TISD and the second and third days will be HCDE Lisa Felske presenting activities to enhance and increase the rigor in grade 7. 

End of Year Benchmarks and STAAR

A Reminder for End of Year Benchmarks and STAAR:
May 14-23 - Grades 6, 7 and 7A testing window
May 16 Grade 8 STAAR and Biology STAAR EOC

February 16th PD

5 E Model Part 1 (K-12): Experience for yourself how and why the 5-E Model teaches students how to think creatively and apply information.

5 E Model Part 2 (K-12): Dig deeper into the 5 E model to understand how the different E's build students' content knowledge and assist in helping the students make connections. The focus will be on how to design an Engage activity and how the Explore and Explain work together to build student connections with the content.

Crosswalking the Streamlined TEKS in Secondary Science: Examine the streamlined TEKS for your course that will be implemented next school year (2018-19).  Some TEKs have been deleted, some revised, and some clarifications have been made.

Spring Benchmark Dates

Welcome back to a new semester! Can't believe we are half way there already!
The spring benchmark window dates for science are as follows:
8th Science- March 20-29th
Biology- March 20-29th 

How doe caffeine keep us awake?

Great video for Biology/ Anatomy & Physiology classes. Describes how caffeine fits into a receptor site as a blocker for a hormone and the reaction it has on our bodies.

Something to reflect on...

A teacher’s job isn’t to “entertain”, but showing value and meaning in learning, can often help connect the seemingly most menial tasks to a larger purpose.  When we focus on what we control and constantly work towards creating deeper and more meaningful learning opportunities for our students, the impact on our students will be that much more profound. Sheila Vick

Great Newsletter for Chemistry Teachers

This CHEM ED XChange newsletter just came in.  If you read it and are interested in subscribing to receive it in the future, that option is free. I think it has some really great ideas!

Sound: On Our Wavelength

This module from The BioInteractive Team illustrates the relationship between frequency, wavelength, and velocity in a fun and engaging way.  Check it out...

New FREE app: Biome Viewer

From the BioInteractive Team:

We are excited to announce BiomeViewer, a new free app for iPad from HHMI BioInteractive. Discover Earth’s ecosystems, climate, and biodiversity at the tap of a finger.

Features include:

  • Descriptions for every major biome on each continent;
  • Biodiversity data for more than 16,000 species of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals;
  • Gridded historical climate data for the entire planet;
  • Global precipitation and temperature maps;
  • Maps of human alteration of ecosystems over the last 300 years;
  • Side-by-side biome comparisons;
  • Fully interactive globe and flat map versions of all the datasets;
  • Gridlines and political boundaries;
  • Animated data sets; and
  • An educator guide with tips for use in the classroom.

Teachable Moments From Unexpected Lab Results

"Students getting unexpected lab results seems to be a universal challenge for science teachers, with 100% reporting their occurrence in a recent informal NSTA Reports poll. Measurement error was the most commonly cited cause (40%), while 13% said students omitting a step in the instructions let to errors.
When the unexpected results are caused by an identifiable, unintentional error, 42.7% of science educators said they pool the class data and have an error analysis discussion. Thirty-two percent say they have the students use the collected data and note the error and its potential effects." NSTA Reports
Science is not always black and white.  The data is what it is.  This allows for a discussion on the importance of a large data pool.  Its is a teachable moment to address variables seen or unseen or unexpected results and how scientists deal with them.

"...and eventually the world will change."

by George Couros, Dec 11,2016
Does every student have to change the world?  Depends upon how you look at what that truly means.
I encounter people every single day, who do their jobs with passion and love, and I always look up to them.  It does not matter what they do, as much as how they do it.  Specifically, I remember after an extremely long day, dealing with someone who worked in retail, and after just a 3 minute interaction, they made me feel like a million bucks in their attitude and their passions.  Their job wouldn't have been perceived as life-changing, but the way they did it, said something else!
there are so many ways we can "change the world"; sometimes it just means having a positive impact on those that we encounter each day, no matter what we do.

Engagement and Empowerment

"The world doesn't care about what you know.  The world only cares about what you can do with what you know, and doesn't care how you learned it."
Thomas Friedman
How does this translate into our instructional practices?