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MA in Secondary Science Education, University of Alabama-Birmingham 1998

MS in Land Resources, Department of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1993

BS in Biology. Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR 1985.


I have been involved in secondary education since 1997 and have worked in both private (14 years) and public education (6 years). My expertise is in delivering difficult content (AP Biology, AP Environmental Science) to an oftentimes reluctant audience. I utilize a diversity of teaching techniques including lecture, lab, web-based assignments and projects to make abstract concepts both easier to understand and relatable to student’s lives. My students have been very successful in terms of passing AP exams and in pursuing science-related careers. I currently have many past students who are now medical doctors, dentists, veterinarians, wildlife biologists, conservationists, science teachers, researchers and running environmentally related non-profits. I am very proud of each and every one of them! I look forward to working with your child and to show them the benefits of working within the fascinating field of biology. 



Prior to becoming a teacher in 1997 I worked as a field biologist which has taken me across Africa, Central America, Asia, Alaska, and all over the west coast of the United States.  I most recently came from Vestavia Hills high school where I taught environmental science and 9th grade biology. For 13 years (1997-2010) I worked at the Altamont School teaching A.P. Biology, AP Environmental Science and Honors Biology.  I also started the school’s recycling and gardening programs and led numerous international student trips to Belize and, in 2010, Kenya.  I have also led trips to Hawaii and the Florida Keys.

 I am originally from upstate New York and attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, where I received my bachelor’s in biology.  I also have a master’s degree in science education from UAB and a master’s in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My master’s research at Wisconsin brought me to Rwanda where I spent close to seven years doing forest conservation research during the tumultuous 1990's.

 I am married to my multi-talented and extremely intelligent wife, Dr. Sibylle Kristensen, who currently helps direct an international maternal-child health non-profit (One-Heart Worldwide), we have three children, two sons (one is a EMT in Atlanta and is in the process of applying to medical school the other is a chemical engineer (Georgia Tech) and is currently working for Certainteed building products. Our  a daughter is a senior at Hoover High School  (IB program) and on the weapons line in the colorguard and winterguard. My hobbies include both mountain  and road biking, photography, organic gardening and permaculture design. I am also a small scale beekeeper with approximately 10 hives at Red Mountain Park. 

 I am also one of the head coaches of Trussville's highly successful mountain bike racing team (State Champions in 2017!) and I feel extremely lucky to have landed at HTHS and will work to ensure that we continue to have great success in the AP biology program.