A teacher’s role is to provide a safe, cooperative and engaging learning environment where students learn content that is applicable, relevant, and useful to their lives; where they learn how to think and how to work together; and where they learn how they learn, what interests them, and what they might want to do as a career when they grow up. ”

Maggie’s Story

Teaching Disciplines

Chemistry and Physical Science

Why Chemistry and Physical Science

“I fell in love with science in seventh grade when my teacher did the egg-getting-sucked-into-a-bottle demo (gas laws), and then with chemistry in high school when I realized it explained how the world works.”

Professional Experience

During college, Maggie worked in a marine science lab analyzing the toxins in algae at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and in a polymer solar cell synthesis lab at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. After graduating, she taught English as a second language to business professionals in Chile for a year and a half, and then worked as a small-group math instructor in Boston for one year. She returned to North Carolina to start her high school science teaching career in Durham.

Maggie began teaching at Northern High School during the 2018–2019 school year.


Maggie enjoys dancing—her favorite styles are Latin and contra dance.

Academic Background

  • Duke University (Master of Arts in Teaching)
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Bachelor of Science in Chemistry)