What exactly does an Academic Dean do?
A lot of what I do is "behind the scenes." This includes scheduling, test coordination, AP program supervision, tracking service hours, and organizing local scholarships, to name a few. I work very closely with the school counselors and administrators.
I also work individually with students to help you achieve your best!
Here's a quick list of things with which I can help you:
Keeping track of your progress toward graduation (credits, what classes to take, etc.)
Meeting the 40-service-hour graduation requirement (what projects to do, how to submit the paperwork for your hours, recording the hours, etc.)
Helping you get back on track if you are struggling in one or more classes
Post-high school planning
Registering and preparing for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, ASVAB, and AP tests
(finding them, completing applications)
Education & Certification
Park High School - Livingston, MT
2008 to present
Substitute Teacher and Service Outreach Club Advisor
Livingston School District - Livingston, MT
2006 to 2008
Science Teacher and Science Olympiad Coach
Prospect High School - Mt. Prospect, IL
1997 to 2006
I am originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. There, I taught science for over eight-and-a-half years at my own former high school (another PHS!). In June of 2006, my husband and I packed up our dog & two cats and moved west to Livingston.
Prior to becoming Academic Dean, I was often seen subbing classes at both Park High and Sleeping Giant Middle School. I also worked with the Service Outreach Club and the after-school program at LINKS for Learning.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with the students and staff at Park High! Being Academic Dean brings all sorts of challenges and rewards. I like the variety of each day, as well as the chance to get to know all the students in the school. I also look forward to helping every student achieve his or her very best. Be sure to stop by my office and say hello!
In my "free" time, I like to spend time with my husband and animals - we have Floyd the dog, three cats, a big herd of alpacas, two guard llamas, and a few chickens. I also love to spend time outside as much as possible, whether that be doing barn chores or hiking in the surrounding mountains and in Yellowstone. In addition, I enjoy eating my husband's cooking, running, reading, pulling noxious weeds, fighting crime, and pretending I know how to knit.