My goal as a teacher is to teach my students to believe in themselves. I want to initiate and generate change that allows students, despite any circumstance, to recognize and live out their full potential.”

Allison’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Science

“While I recognize that I cannot convince every student I have to love science as much as I do, I believe I can have an impact on every student in some way. It is a goal of mine to engage students in science while also showing them how much I care about each of them as unique, valuable, and capable individuals.”

Professional Experience

During her undergraduate career, Allison taught an introductory course for incoming university freshman for two years. Additionally, she planned and lead guided study sessions for Organic Chemistry I for two years.

As a participant in the K-12 STEM Educator Consortium Grant Program, which is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Alison engaged in a wide variety of activities. Some of these activities include designing experiments that were sent to the International Space Station through the Student Spaceflights Experiment Program; completing “space camp;” learning how to integrate space topics into science curriculum; studying the history and modern technology of space exploration and weather; running interactive visitor stations at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.; and presenting a poster about the experience.

Volunteer Experience

Allison spent one month volunteering at an orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania through Volunteers International HQ. Through this life-changing experience, she played with the residents of the orphanage and taught them basic English and mathematics skills.

As a proud cancer survivor, she has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for seven years. She raises money for the ACS each year and has served as the honorary survivor speaker for two of their events.


Allison enjoys reading, laughing, fine and performing arts, volunteering, playing guitar, football, college basketball, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Academic Background

  • University of Maryland (Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Secondary Education)

Knowles Academy Courses Taught

Designing Instructional Tasks to Increase Student Engagement and Learning in Science