Growing up on a farm in Kansas was a great introduction to studying science. Through observation and inquiry, I gained an admiration for how nature is dynamic and interconnected. I am engaged in our earth’s stewardship in relation to God’s commandment to love our neighbors. Managing our earth’s resources and biodiversity for all people and subsequent generations promotes environmental stability, peace and justice.
The best way to learn in the sciences is through natural inquiry and hands-on activity. I develop scientific educational outreach programs for schools, youth conferences and Expanding Your Horizons conferences (promoting sciences for young women). A senior research project is required of science students to integrate their four years of scholarship. Research is an important component to learning and the development of critical thought. I enjoy working with students on their capstone projects and witness their progress and maturation of thought.
A distinctive to Tabor College is an intercultural experience for our students to be globally relevant. Dr. Richard Wall developed a tropical field studies course for Tabor College that traveled to Belize during January interterm. I have continued this course with diversity studies of the tropical rain forest, island cays and barrier reef ecosystems.