A 7th-grade math teacher at TImony Grammar School, I have been teaching for 14 years. Prior to teaching middle school math and science, I worked in health care as a respiratory therapist in the acute care setting and then as a clinical exercise physiologist in an outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehab program. In that capacity, I ran several educational programs about the dangers of cigarette smoking, participated in the facilitation of smoking cessation programs and health fairs I have an associate of science degree in respiratory therapy, a Bachelor of Science degree in health education, and a Master of Science degree in clinical exercise physiology. My interest in the SADD program stems from wanting to make a difference in the choices and decisions that our youth make on a day to day basis. I am also very inspired by students who stand up for what is right regardless of whatever the popular idea is of the time.