For those inquiring minds, here it is in one page. I was born in Atlanta in 1964. I have two brothers (I'm in the middle). I grew up in Maryland and graduated from Gaithersburg High School in 1982. I first came to North Carolina to attend N.C. State University. I started in zoology and I graduated with a B.A. in chemistry and a B.S. in food science in 1986. I chose to continue my education at NCSU and earned a M.S. in nutritional biochemistry in 1989. By that time, I had caught the teaching bug. It all started with some tutoring in the Chemistry Department to earn some spending money. Then they talked me into teaching the freshman chemistry lab. They were short on graduate students or something like that. I tried my best to disguise my fear and lack of expertise. I pretended to be a graduate student so they wouldn't doubt me. I guess it worked. I continued that job for the rest of my studies at NCSU. Upon my final graduation, I knew what I wanted to do, but I lacked the proper credentials (three degrees wasn't enough). I couldn't teach in the public schools without a teaching certificate. Translated: you need a degree in education. Fortunately, I heard about a special program in Massachusetts that allowed you to teach and earn a Masters degree in education at the same time. How much time? 15 months. I landed my first teaching position at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School outside Boston. I taught introductory chemistry and AP chemistry. I completed my education coursework at night, on weekends, and during the summer. And in my spare time.......yeah right. Actually, I did get to some serious cycling through the small towns and apple orchards of Massachusetts. I graduated with an M.Ed. in 1990 and landed a job at Sanderson High School in Raleigh. I taught chemistry at SHS for seven years. With some regrets, but with lots of optimism and anticipation, I accepted a new teaching position in the Spring of 1997. I began teaching chemistry at Cary Academy in August of 1997. I am still there.
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