I have not always been a high school teacher. I have traveled several other roads before this one. When I was in high school I wanted to be a veterinarian, so I attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (one of the top Veterinarian schools in the United States). During my freshmen year of college I pretty quickly figured out that what I really liked was science (not all the other trappings of being a veterinarian). After I completed my Bachelor's degree in Genetics in 1996, I worked at the University of Kentucky for 9 years.
My first job was in a Pharmacology lab studying diabetes using the ob/ob mouse model. Later I earned a Master's degree in Microbiology while working in Brian Stevenson's lab studying Borrelia Borgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme Disease. After spending several years driving from Lexington, KY to Plymouth, IN to visit my parents, I decided that I would prefer to be closer to all my relatives in Northern Indiana. I came back up to Purdue and spent 4 years working in a couple different labs, and a small start up company called Biovitesse. Through my many travels I found that the jobs I liked the best involved teaching people. I decided to enter a transition to teaching program at Purdue. At the end of that program I earned my Master's degree in Education. I joined Kankakee High School in 2011.
I have one son and one daughter. Christopher is a Freshman this year. Mikayla is in 7th grade. I am married to Dennis Babb, who is a OTR (Over The Road) truck driver. I think KVHS is a great high school with many opportunities! Feel free to stop in, e-mail me, or call me if you want to discuss science or the opportunities available at KVHS.