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I offer elective courses (grades 5 to 8) such as geography, Italian, and human viruses and infectious diseases.
Undergraduate Degree: B.Sc. in Biological Sciences
Graduate Degree: Ph.D. in Microbiology
My Path to Becoming a Teacher: My initial vocation was to become a school teacher but life took me in a different direction to become a scientist. After obtaining my degrees, I became an Assistant Professor in the Molecular Microbiology and Virology Department at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas). Subsequently, I joined Merck to pursue another dream of mine: To develop a safe and effective vaccine against the main causative viral agent of gastroenteritis in infants worldwide. This vaccine has been licensed in almost every country in the world and is helping to save thousands of children's lives in Sub-Saharan Africa. I have authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and several chapters in scientific textbooks and one encyclopedia. After working for nearly 25 years developing vaccines, I realized that it was time to start making a difference here at home, with all our children in the St. Peter community.
My Goal: I will help the children discover their passion for their scientific selves through science lessons to add real-world relevance and practicality, and connect science with other disciplines with the goal to allow students to combine several school subjects in a creative, well-rounded investigation. I am a firm believer that children become effective students and analytical thinkers when they learn to integrate different fields of knowledge.
"I love that the children arrive to school with a smile and go home with a smile... It is a privilege to be an integral part of what makes St. Peter School such a special and warm place where our children thrive together within a Catholic environment."
Favorite memory at SPS - The Christmas Pageant and seeing my daughter in school everyday.
Interesting fun fact about you - The majority of my students are vaccinated with the rotavirus vaccine that I co-developed when I worked at Merck.