Bee the change

I would like to enable Detroit to become a national leader in the conservation of pollinators and promotion of urban beekeeping. For 7 years I have been a hobbyist beekeeper and have come to realize that they are one of the most amazing creatures on this Earth. Sadly, if we don't act now they will be on the brink of extinction. People do not realize the devastation this will cause globally.

I used to think, like most people, that honey bees only belong in the country. My eyes were opened one day while walking in Battery Park in New York City. I watched as thousands of people walked by an urban honeybee hive right smack in the middle of the park. This caused me to do some research and I discovered that honeybees are extremely productive in cities, especially cities like Detroit, that have large amounts of green space.

 
 
Kids abuzz with bees... Dinosaur Hill Nature Center

Kids abuzz with bees... Dinosaur Hill Nature Center

a busy bee

I have been a 5th grade teacher at Musson Elementary School in Rochester Hills for 18 years and hold a Masters and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership / Administration from Oakland University. I am an Adjunct Professor at Oakland University and a Guest Services Ambassador for the Detroit Pistons. I am the President of the Michigan Science Teacher’s Association Board, Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services Resource Development Board and the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative Board. 


The bees - B1 & b2

During the summer months I am an avid gardener, a hobbyist beekeeper and I work for the State of Michigan as a Camp Licensing Consultant.  I live in downtown Detroit, with my husband Brian. 

2 Queen Bees Brian & Brian

2 Queen Bees Brian & Brian


Honored to meet with President Obama.

Honored to meet with President Obama.

teaching royalty

I was personally honored by President Barack Obama receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (2012). I was also a recipient of the Michigan Science Teacher of the Year Award (2011) and the Humanex Excellence in Teach- ing Award (2015).