Weird facts about me:
I once jumped off the wing of a B52 bomber at 8,000 feet in the mountains of New Mexico.
In college I swam in a lake filled with piranhas in the South American rainforest. Then I went fishing, caught one, and ate him for dinner!
Once, during a big fundraiser, I accidentally shocked a billionaire with 400,000 volts. He lived.
The biggest wedgie of my life came from parachuting out of a plane in Texas.
Sometimes I use bugs to clean skeletons. I’ve also used a microwave because it’s faster.
I have touched the Liberty Bell. The real one.
I heart roadkill, and I eat bugs. Not at the same time though.
I grew up in Fort Worth Texas, and started taking Science Classes at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History when I was three years old. I took classes there until I was fourteen, then the museum hired me to work as an assistant teacher! I worked there for 15 years learning how to hunt bugs, catch lizards, feed snakes, make liquid nitrogen ice cream, lick dinosaur bones, and dissect dead cars. My best discovery at the museum was when I met the real Jessie Marie, and we fell in love. We are now married and we have four fabulous scientists of our own:
Benny the Biologist catches snakes faster than anybody else in the family. He also loves adding to the leaf and rock collection under his bed.
Mary the Maker takes apart computers and blow dryers, and uses the pieces to design sculptures. The sculptures nearly always involve glitter,
Jackosaurus Rex loves hunting fossils, and is always the first one into the creek or up the rock wall to find the ammonites, clams, and urchins in our area. He is the only one of my kids to have found a real shark tooth fossil.
Sarah Grace Super Geek loves geeking out with sounds. (maybe she got it from her mom’s noisy museum!) She thinks different sounds are hilarious (especially toots and burps), and she has the odd super power of noticing tiny sounds that nobody else notices right away.
I have taught Science classes to explorers from all levels from pre-kindergarten through adult, and I regularly lead professional development for teachers looking for ways to add real science into their classrooms! Sometimes I do interviews!
Did you know that great story telling is a fantastic way to integrate exciting science?