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My self-summary
I'm in the process of moving to Philadelphia to start a PhD at Penn GSE. Updates to profile where necessary are coming soon.

I grew up in a small town in New England with two younger sisters, went to college in New Jersey where I majored in Astrophysics, spent four years teaching high school physics in Brooklyn and now work for the education department at the American Museum of Natural History
What I’m doing with my life
I develop curricula for after school science programs at the coolest place to work! Cool things always seem to happen at the museum. For example, on Halloween, a giant bat came to visit our office with its handler from a zoo in Michigan.

In my free time I like to attend theater shows, visit the many museums of the city and go for walks to explore the parks. Sometimes I find the children's section in a bookstore and sit on the floor reading Dr. Seuss books.

Also run. It keeps me sane.
I’m really good at
Cooking comfort food.
Explaining mathematical and scientific concepts.
Coming up with and creating costumes.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm loud. I get excited easily and I laugh a lot and the combination of these things tends to draw me unwelcome glares in quiet restaurants.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love to read. Especially science fiction and fantasy, though I've read my fair share of the classics and popular current fiction as well. Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, The Lord of the Rings, The Things They Carried, The Harry Potter Series, East of Eden, A Short History of Nearly Everything, most classic Sci Fi (think Heinlein and Asimov) and every book ever written by Neil Gaiman.

As for movies, I love a lot of them, though I'm not a big fan of potty humor or laughing at other people's embarrassment, so most Will Ferrell movies are out. I'm a huge sucker for chick flicks, especially if they have Julia Roberts or Katherine Heigl in them, but I've also been know to watch old westerns with my Dad. My favorite movie would have to be How to Train Your Dragon. I've seen it about 20 times, it never gets old, and no matter what mood I'm in, it always makes me happy.

My favorite show is the West Wing. This is a deal breaker. If you hate the West Wing, we can't be friends. I also carry a deep love for Battlestar Galactica, Firefly and Gilmore Girls (I will not force you to watch this one, its a guilty pleasure and I know it.)

I have an incredibly eclectic taste in music which includes everything from Led Zepplin to Lady Antebellum to Joanna Newsom to They Might be Giants to every Disney song ever released. Most days my favorite song is Only the Good Die Young by Billy Joel.
Six things I could never do without
1. My family. We are incredibly close and I miss them constantly. My parents are architects and both delightful people and my two younger sisters are infinitely cooler than I am, so I apologize in advance for talking about them all the time.

2. Seasons. I don't think I could ever live somewhere that didn't have seasons. I complain about the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter, but I love having picnics on a warm day and I get happy every time it snows.

3. My laptop. I know it's materialistic, but my life would be incredibly difficult without it. Its tiny and light and it not only holds all of my lesson plans but it allows me to plan and do work in all kinds of interesting locations.

4. My hometown. I grew up in a small rural New England community where no one locks their doors and everyone knows everyone else's business. I'm incredibly proud of my small town childhood and the way it shaped the person I am. Though I don't want to settle there, I am often homesick for its simplistic beauty.

5. My sense of wonder. Besides being a science person, I am also a theater person, and my high school theater director used to talk a lot about maintaining a sense of wonder in the world. Seeing the beauty in things and wondering at its existence is something that I try to remember to do every day.

6. Hats. I love wearing hats. I look good in hats, and I own many ridiculous hats which I wear whenever I get the chance.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Work. How can I be a better teacher, a better example, a better person? How I can inspire students of all ages to respect and love science?

Ridiculous things when I should be thinking about work.
On a typical Friday night I am
Working some cool event at the museum, out having a dinner with some friends, or just chilling in my apartment recuperating.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
On the internet, that I still sleep with a teddy bear.

In person, a lot more than that. I'm a pretty open person, and probably err on the side of over-sharing.
You should message me if
You are a good communicator with a healthy sense of wonder. You are passionate about something and excited to share that passion. Your ideal weekend doesn't include clubs or intensely social situations but rather good, calm company and a mix of being outdoors and staying in. You want to be the person waiting for me at the finish line for my next race.

Or if you want to know more about space. I know some things about space.
The two of us