Hope is a geologist and teacher who has a passion for working with young people in a variety of capacities. She also has extensive experience working for a national non-profit that advocated for foster children, specializing in educational issues.
While in elementary school (back in the dark ages), when responding to what she wanted to be when she grew up, Hope remembers telling her teacher that she wanted to be a scientist. Halfway through college, Hope took a geology course and was hooked, eventually obtaining her MS in geology, focusing on geochemistry. Later, Hope expanded her interest into science education and has now taught at the middle school, high school and community college levels. She describes her best moments in teaching as when she sees “the light bulb go on in a student’s face.”
While her first love will always be geology, Hope also enjoys chemistry, environmental science, physics, astronomy and oceanography. After spending several years tutoring algebra I and II and geometry, Hope loves math at this level too.
Although she grew up primarily on the east coast, Hope discovered Half Moon Bay in 2015 and was lucky enough to permanently relocate here in Fall 2021. Her interests include walking her dog on the beach, cooking, reading, horseback riding and working out. Her three daughters are either married or will be soon, and she also has two grandchildren that she is inordinately proud of.